MARQUETTE—USA Weightlifting has hired Andy Tysz as its new head weightlifting coach for the United States Olympic Education Center. He is coming to Marquette after three years working as an athletic development coach and USA Weightlifting regional coach in Crown Point, Ind. Tysz was also involved with St. Anthony Hospital’s sports medicine department.
“In Indiana I'm training student athletes to go beyond the local level. I get to watch them grow and mature; it’s the best part about coaching,” said Tysz. “I get to see kids accomplish the unexpected and I’ve been able to give them the tools to do that.”
As a coach Tysz has also been a part of USA Weightlifting’s Mentor/Apprentice Coach Program. The program consisted of regular meetings with sports sciences, media relations, sports partnerships and sports medicine to help Tysz become aware of the variety of aspects involved in running an organization.
“I feel this program helped make me a ‘complete’ coach,” said Tysz. “So now I can go out and not only build athletes but help build weightlifting as a major sport in America.”
In addition to coaching experience, Tysz has also been a competitive weightlifter since 1996. He has national and international experience as an athlete and a coach. Tysz took home a bronze medal at the NACACI [North American, Central American, and Caribbean Islands] championship, and competed in the 2001 and 2002 Pan American Championships. He was also elected as captain of the 2001 U.S. Pan American Championships team.
Tysz completed his bachelor’s degree in secondary physical education from the University of South Florida in 1992 and his master’s degree in sports administration from Valparaiso University in 2007.