Coaching Team 

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Coach Robert Ronan - Club Managing Director

Focused on technique with emphasis on the Chinese system, Coach Ronan has traveled to mainland China several times to study Olympic Weightlifting. Coach Ronan is one of only a handful of western weightlifting coaches invited to professional training facilities in China.


  • USAW Level 2 Coach

  • USAW Sport Performance Coach 

Competition Coach for Jianping Ma (2019 IWF World Master Champion)
Hefei Sports University, Anhui China
Chengdu Sports University, Szechuan China
Schezwan Provincial Sports University, Szechuan China
Guangzhou Provincial Olympic Training Base, Guangdong China
Guangzhou City Sports School and Youth Academy, Guangdong China


Coach Oleg Kechko

With over 4 decades of professional weightlifting experience Oleg Kechko started his weightlifting career in the Soviet Sports school as an adolescent.  He participated at the 1996 Summer Olympics in the 76 kg event and the 1998 World Weightlifting Championships. Oleg currently coaches Sunday's sessions only

1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta
2nd 1993 European Championships
1992-1996 Belarus National Team Representative
1991 #1 Ranked Olympic weightlifter in the world, 75kg class
Cups of the USSR
1989 1st Total 355
1989 1st Snatch 160
1987-1992 CCCP National Team Representative


Coach Renee Castro

Renee Castro is a former collegiate cheerleader and softball player. She’s currently an Olympic Weightlifter, Coach, mom and firefighter wife. Coach Castro also holds a USAW Level 1 Certification.

Silver 2019 TX State Championships (76kg Masters)