Coach Wilkes has been teaching competitive lifting since 1999 and is considered by many as one of the top coaches in USA Weightlifting. He has coached many Youth, Junior, Senior, and Master lifters onto the National and International levels. He is the head coach of Wilkes Weightlifting has served as Men’s Coach for the USAW Men’s Team at the World Weightlifting Championships three times: in Poland in 2013, Kazakhstan in 2014 and Houston, Texas in 2015. He was a coach for Team Muscledriver for the 2015 National Championships, where Team Muscledriver won best overall team for both the men and women.
Coach Wilkes has been coaching and training athletes in football, track and field, swimming, and tennis for over 16 years, using Olympic Weightlifting as the center of his training. He also coached football at the middle and high school levels. He was the Strength and Conditioning Coach at a local High school for the football and track team. He is additionally Crossfit Level 1 certified. He brings the great combination of being an experienced meet coach as well as demanding technique from his lifters in the training room.
Coach Wilkes has coached numerous standout lifters including: Caine Wilkes – 2013 & 2014 USA National Champion 105kg+, 2014 Pan Am Gold Medalist, two time USA World Team member(2013-2014). 2008 USA National Silver medalist, Kyle Ernst – two time Youth National Champion (2004, 2005), 2006 Jr. National Champion 105K, 2005 Jr. Pan Am Gold Medalist, Coard Wilkes –School age National Champion (2004), 2 time Jr. National Champion 94Kg (2008, 2009) 2011 American Open Gold Medalist, and Rick Bucinell – Five time Masters 105+ World Gold Medalist and World Record holder.
Caine has been weightlifting for over 15 years, initially to supplement his football training in middle school. Just a short time after, he decided to focus solely on weightlifting. He has been on the medal stand multiple times as a school-age, junior, and senior lifter, and recently claimed the title of National Champion in the +105kg class in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Also, Caine won the 2014 Pan American Championships in the Dominican Republic.
Most recently, Caine became the first American to snatch over 400lbs in competition since Casey Burgener in 2008, as well as just the eighth American ever to total 400kg or more in competition. Also, in 2015, Caine became just the fifth American to clean & jerk over 500 lbs in competition. He ultimately has his eyes set on representing the US at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and is also determined to break the long held superheavyweight American records held by Shane Hamman.
2015 World Team Member
2015 USAW National Championships, 1st place, +105kg class, Best Male Lifter
2014 World Team Member
2014 Pan American Championships, 1st place, 105kg+ class
2014 National Championships, 1st place, 105kg+ class
2013 World Team Member
2013 National Championships, 1st place
2012 National Championships, 3rd place
2011 American Open Championships, 2nd place
2008 National Championships, 2nd place
2007 American Open Championships, 3rd place
2007 Sicily Cup Team Member
2007 Junior National Championships, 3rd place
2004 School Age Pan American Championships, 2nd place
2004 School Age National Championships, 2nd place, 105kg+ class
2003 School Age National Championships, 2nd place, 105kg class
Coard has been in the sport of Olympic weightlifting for over 15 years. He began lifting along with the high school football team’s strength and conditioning program, coached by his father. During that time, he developed a love for the Olympic lifts and the challenge of increasing his total. In those years he has won several National titles and competed and medaled in international competitions. In 2007 Coard got his Level 1 certification in CrossFit and has been coaching ever since. Coard has been focusing more recently on weightlifting again with is eyes set on a strong performance at this year’s National Championships.
2011 – American Open Gold Medalist
2009 – Jr. National Champion (94kg)
2008 – Jr. National Champion (94kg)
2006 – School Age Pan American Silver Medalist (94kg)
2004- School Age National Champion