Marquette, Mich. â€” Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site weightlifting coach Vance Newgard has been named head coach for USA Weightliftingâ€™s University World menâ€™s team. Newgardâ€™s NMU squad earned 14 medals at the National University Championship in September, including one athlete earning a national champion title.
â€œHaving a university champion is the top criteria they use when selecting coaches for world teams,â€ said Newgard. â€œOur success at the University Championships, including two athletes qualifying for the World University Team, really shows the progress we are making at NMU.â€
Joining Newgard will be NMU senior Andrew Vrabel and junior Paul Woelmer. Both athletes have experience competing at the international level.
Vrabel, of Highland, Ind., is a two-time university champion (2012, 2014) and will be competing in the 77-kilogram division. Vrabel traveled to Penang, Malaysia, in 2011 to participate at the Junior World Championships.
Woelmer, of Bloomington, Ind., placed second at the University Championships in the 85-kg division. In July, he placed 11th at the Junior World Championships in Kazan, Russia. He also participated at the Pan American Championships this year, finishing fourth.
The competition takes place Dec. 5â€“8, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
(Information Courtesy of NMU-OTS)