MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University and USA Weightlifting have agreed in principle to keep the men's and women's weightlifting program in Marquette for another year and now have their man to lead the U.S. Olympic Education Center team in 2012-13.
Vance Newgard will become the next USOEC head coach once the deal is finalized, according to an announcement made Tuesday by the USOEC.
"My five years at the USOEC as an athlete and coach have allowed me to relate well to being a student athlete," Newgard said. "Being here that amount of time enables me to develop ties within the university and local community, as well as the weightlifting community."
Newgard was an assistant coach for the past two years before taking over as interim head coach in December from Andy Tysz, who left Marquette to become USA Weightlifting's coaching education coordinator.
Newgard has also served as a strength coach for a variety of sports. He has also trained as an athlete in both Olympic weightlifting and bobsled.
USA Weightlifting is the second organization to reach an agreement with NMU to remain at the USOEC next season along with the USA Wrestling men's Greco-Roman program.
The USOEC women's freestyle wrestling program will not return for 2012-13 while the status of the speedskating program remains up in the air.
NMU is working with USA Speedskating to start a transitional program for skaters who are interested in becoming speedskating coaches and officials, however, no agreement for such a program has been reached.