Laura, a certified USAW weightlifting coach, has been involved in weightlifting for the past 9 years. She starting weightlifting as an athlete, and it quickly turned into a passion. Laura had the incredibly good fortune to train and learn under Dan Bell, head coach of Rubber City Weightlifting in Akron, Ohio. Under Coach Bell, Laura was an athlete on his team for 5 years. In the time she founded a weightlifting club and transitioned to the role of coach in late 2013. She served as president and head coach of a barbell club from 2013-2018, and during this time her club had two athletes qualify for national meets. In addition, she served as vice president of the Allegheny LWC (local weightlifting committee – the Allegheny LWC basically serves the Western half of the state) from 2016-2017, founded a weightlifting club at North Allegheny, and has been the meet director at several local meets, and served as a judge at meets as well.