LSU Shreveport - Shreveport, LA


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Shreveport, LA 71115




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Kyle Pierce


Kyle Pierce is a Professor in the Kinesiology and Health Science Department at Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS). The classes he currently teaches primarily focus on strength training and conditioning.

Kyle also serves as the Director/Coach of the LSUS Weightlifting Center. The program provides local youth a free opportunity to learn and train for the sport of Weightlifting, Para Powerlifting, and/or to do strength training for their specific sport. The Weightlifting program attracts students from out-of-state and out-of-country to attend LSUS.

His work has provided him the opportunity to publish articles and make presentations on Weightlifting and strength training throughout the world. It has also given him the chance to teach children the sport of Weightlifting and coach them throughout their careers to World Championships, Pan American Games, and Olympic Games.

Kyle has been a USA Weightlifting National and National Junior Coach. His coaching assignments for USA Weightlifting have included the Olympic Games, World Championships, and Pan American Games. He has also served as a Team Leader for international events including the World Championships.

In the summer of 2014, Kyle began working with the Ghana Weightlifting Federation to help develop the sport in the country, primarily through coaching education. He continues to work with Ghana Weightlifting and has served as their coach at international competitions since 2014. His coaching assignments for Ghana have included the Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, and African Games. Currently, he is the National Coach and High Performance Director for the Ghana Weightlifting Federation, and a member the Board of Directors.

In 2005 Kyle received the United States Olympic Committee’s "Doc" Counsilman Science Award for a coach that utilizes scientific techniques and equipment as an integral part of his or her coaching methods or has created innovative ways to use sport science. He received the United States Olympic Committee’s Weightlifting Coach of the Year Award in 2006, 2007, and 2010 and the USA Weightlifting Larry Barnholth Award for Excellence in Coaching in 2006. In 2016 he received the USA Weightlifting Gordon Andrews Award for Outstanding Contribution to Men’s Weightlifting and the Gayle Hatch Coaching Award for Coach of the Year (Male); the second time for each. He also received the Ghana Sports Fans Awards “Sports Coach of the Year” in 2016. In 2017 he received the International Weightlifting Federation Order in Gold for Long and Devoted Service.

Kyle has been a member of the International Weightlifting Federation Coaching and Research Committee since 2000. He is a Vice President of the Pan American Weightlifting Federation and serves as Chair of their Scientific and Research Committee.

- Asst. coach 1: Josh Redden, National Coach
- Asst. coach 2: Kendrick Farris, USAW Level 2


Club Information:

Four areas of Focus

Free for youth

Weightlifters from 20 states and 4 countries have attended LSUS.

High Performance
International Teams (see below)

Paralympic Program
In cooperation with SPAR

Competitions Organized
National Masters Championships - 2014
National Collegiate Championships - 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2009, 2011, 2012
National Collegiate/Age 23 & Under Championships -2001, 2002, 2003 
National Championships -1996 (nationally televised), 2001, 2006 
American School-age Championships - 2001
National Junior Championships - 2000
American Open - 1992, 2004

Pan American Sub 15 Championships - 2013
Pan American Championships and Mermet Cup (Australia vs USA) - 2005
NACACI (North America, Central America, & Caribbean Island) Championships - 1996, 2000 
Junior International Championships - 1995

International Training Camp
Japan - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
France - 2015
Canada (Québec) - 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
Colombia - 2011
Barbados - 2007
Australia – 2005

Individual Weightlifters Have Trained at LSUS From:
Ghana, Seychelles, Nigeria, Ecuador, and Mexico, and a Para Powerlifter from Ghana.

Team Philosophies


Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. - Official website of the Olympic Movement

Scientific Approach
Motor Learning
Motor Development

Outreach Programs: 

Program Name: International Camps

Program Name: Paralympic Program

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