Northern Michigan Coaching Announcement

May 23, 2012, 10:16 a.m. (ET)

We are excited to announce that the USAW and Northern Michigan University have reached an agreement in principle to continue the NMU/USAW program for the 2012-2013 academic year. Upon completing the contracting process with NMU, which we expect to take place over the next several weeks, we will be appointing Vance Newgard to the position of Head Coach for the program (he is currently the Interim Head Coach). 

Vance’s past experiences are many and varied, competing as an athlete in Olympic Weightlifting and strength training a variety of athletes in different sports.  Before becoming the Interim Head Coach, Vance was the assistant coach for the NMU program for 2 years, guiding many of the younger athletes in the program to higher levels of competitive performance.  His familiarity with the NMU program and USA Weightlifting provides a firm foundation for his responsibilities in his new position. We are sure the USAW community joins us in congratulating Vance on his new role.