OUR COACHES

  • ANDY TYSZ
    ANDY TYSZCoach
    (USAW Level 3 International)

     

    Accomplished athlete and Level 3 International Weightlifting Coach, Andy Tysz, recently stepped down as USA Weightlifting’s Coaching Education Director. Serving as the Resident Coach for weightlifting at the US Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University in Marquette from 2007 to 2012, Andy brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to his charge of broadening and developing USAW’s coaching education program.

    Following the peak of his lifting career during which the former Resident Athlete at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs won a Bronze medal at the 1998 NACACI Championships, placed 5th at the 2001 Pan Am Championships and was 2002 Pan Am Championship team captain, Tysz advanced through USA Weightlifting’s Mentor/Apprentice Coach Program in Colorado Springs from 2002-2003. He went on to coach at a USAW Community Olympic Development Program in Crown Point, Indiana from 2004 to 2007 and served briefly as USAW’s Coaching Coordinator before taking on the coaching assignment at NMU.

    He graduated from University of South Florida with a bachelor’s of science degree in Secondary Physical Education in 1992 and received his master’s degree in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University in 2007. Tysz grew up in New Port Richey, Florida and is a former football player and javelin champion. He enjoys philately, cycling and weightlifting in his free time.

    CREDENTIALS:

    2008 Quebec Junior Championships Women’s Coach
    2009 Quebec Junior Championships Men’s & Women’s Coach
    2009 Criollo Cup Men’s Coach
    2011 World University Games Men’s & Women’s Coach
    2013 Pan American Championships Women’s Coach

    ATHLETES:

    Allie Henry 2013 World Championships, 2x Pan American Championships (2013,2014), Silver Medal
    Mat Fraser, Silver Medalist 2014 Crossfit Games
    Multiple Medalists’ at Youth, Junior and Senior Championships and International competitors at the Junior and Senior level.

    • AMY RICHARDSON
      AMY RICHARDSONASSISTANT COACH

       

      Amy was first introduced to Olympic Weightlifting in 2012 when she began Crossfit. She trained and competed in Crossfit for two years, reaching her goal of becoming a regional team member in 2014. It was through this process that she fell in love with Olympic Weightlifting and decided to pursue lifting full-time.

      Amy currently competes both locally and nationally, as a 53 kg lifter. She holds New England Records in both the 53 and 58 kg weight classes and is a nationally ranked lifter, placing 5th at the 2014 American Open Championships. Amy looks forward to sharing her passion and excitement for weightlifting through coaching. Her experiences as an athlete, both in training and competition, have helped her develop a strong understanding of weightlifting from a technical, physical, and emotional perspective that she feels will assist her in coaching her athletes to reach their full potential.

      Credentials:

      Don McCauley Catapult Weightlifting Seminar (2013)
      Jon North Attitude Nation Seminar (2013)

      Education:

      2008 Salem State University- BS in Elementary Education and Psychology
      2012 Salem State University- Masters in Special Education- PK-8

      Athletic Achievements:

      2011 Level 9 Regional All Around Champion (Gymnastics)
      9th Place All Around at 2011 Level 9 Eastern National Championships (Gymnastics)
      2014 Crossfit Regional Team Member- Northeast Regional
      2014 USA Weightlifting Nationals- 58kg class- 12th place
      2014 New England Championships- 1st Place
      2014 American Open Championships- 53kg class- 5th place

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