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Coaching Staff

Meet your coaches:

Walt Neubauer


Coach Walt is the Owner and Head Coach at Wilmington Weightlifting Club.  He is also President of the North Carolina LWC, a USAW National Coach where he has coached and assisted in coaching some of the best lifters in the country.

His philosophy in coaching is with guiding lifters in the right direction with training hard, but most importantly, in training SMART.  Heavily advocating the ideal that every training session should build into an athlete's long-term success and health, building solid foundations for their longevity within the sport of weightlifting.

Being an accomplished National coach, helping our athletes secure over 100 National and International medals, he puts his experience and love for coaching out there as a Coaching Course Instructor for USA Weightlifting, where he helps in teaching and producing knowledgeable, well-rounded coaches that, in turn, apply what they learn into coaching their own athletes all around the country.

Our lifters are often recognized as being not only strong and accomplished, but as being some of the most respectful, technically proficient and all-around beautiful lifters; and it all starts and ends with the philosophy and genuine objective from our Head Coach and ringleader here at the Wilmington Weightlifting Club.

Josh Venegas

Josh has 6 years of experience in the Health and Fitness field with experience working with a wide variety of populations through many different fitness domains, including Olympic Lifting, strength and Conditioning, injury prevention, endurance training and athletic performance.  He received his BAchelor's of Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the study of Exercise Science.  He's a CPT through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting, a Certified Health Fitness Specialisty through ACSM and a Certified level 1 Crossfit Instructor.  In addition to Josh's knowledge in the field of Health and Fitness, Josh excels at keeping people around him motivated and determined to reach their goals in a safe and effective manner.

Josh is also a US NAVY veteran and served two combat deployments to Afghanistan as a Corpsman With 1st Battalion 2nd Marines in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom between 2011-2016. 

He earned his Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Pin and has been awarded a Combat Action Ribbon,  Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Travis Cooper


Travis is a six time National Champion and current National Champion in the 89KG Class. He is also a three time World Team member and two time Pan American Championship Medalist. In addition to his athletic accolades, he is also a National Coach for USAW who consistently produces National Medalists.

Mike Reives Jr.

Coach Mike is our Head Strength and Conditioning and Sports Performance Coach

Averett University

Bachelor of Science: Physical Education with a concentration in Personal Training

Played College Football for four years

Played Professional Football in the CFL and Germany

USAW Level 1

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