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Vance Newgard

Head Weightlifting Coach


Telephone: 906-251-8567

Vance Newgard of Homewood, Ill., is the third weightlifting coach since the program was established in 2003. Newgard began Olympic-style lifting in 1998 while playing a number of high school sports. In 2000, he narrowed his focus, lifting fulltime. He’s competed and medaled in numerous national championships and was a resident athlete in the weightlifting program at Northern Michigan University from 2007-2009.

Newgard began his coaching career in 2005 for Kaeler Middle School in Indiana. He also served as strength and conditioning coach for NMU’s track and field, and swimming and diving teams, as well as for the football team at Ishpeming High School in Ishpeming, Michigan. He has also worked with hundreds of local athletes in the Marquette area.  In 2009, Newgard was named assistant coach for the team at NMU and served in that role until being named head coach in 2012.


National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
United States Weightlifting Association Level 2 Coaching Certified
United States Weightlifting Association Sports Performance Certified
United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association



Education Year
Northern Michigan University M.S. Sports Science 2010
Governors State University B.A. Social Sciences 2006



Athlete Accomplishments Year
Junior National Weightlifting Championships bronze medalist 2002
Collegiate National Weightlifting Championships bronze medalist 2003
23-Under National Weightlifting Championships gold medalist 2004
Collegiate National Weightlifting Championships gold medalist 2004
Resident Athlete at United States Olympic Education Center 2007-2009