About the Coach

Colleen has been lifting for 19 years, and regularly practices the competition lifts (the clean-and-jerk and the snatch). She is a certified Level 2 USA Weightlifting Coach. She has been a USA Weightlifting Coach since 2016 and has been teaching classes since January 2017. In the past, she has helped coach weightlifting for the Lawrence High girls’ volleyball team.

Colleen also appreciates the benefits of weightlifting for people of all ages. She started lifting as a teenager on the recommendation of her aunt and spent the first 11 years of her lifting with the program she now teaches.  In the last 9 years, she began practicing the Olympic competition lifts (the clean-and-jerk and the snatch). Now, Colleen’s brother, mother and father all lift, and her grandmother lifted for about five years during her 80s.  Seeing how weightlifting has helped her entire family to not only gain strength in the weight room but in everyday activities is one of the reasons that Colleen decided to coach weightlifting.

In addition to her work in the weight room, Colleen is also an Aquatic Exercise Association Certified Aqua Fitness Instructor.  She has been teaching Aqua Fitness classes for the City of Lawrence for the last 9 years.