Head Coach Thomas Kraus MS, MA, RSCC*D, CSCS, FMS Level 1, USAW National Coach


The Aurora Weightlifting Club (AWC) has been in existence since 1998 and has produced many outstanding athletes. Through Olympic Weightlifting training and competition, male and female athletes learn proper training technique, periodization, goal setting, and competition. The overall athletic development through Olympic Weightlifting training carries over into sports that require power.


The focus of the AWC is to produce Olympic weightlifters who are part of an Olympic Weightlifting team, and athletes will be coached with that goal in mind. Of course, athletes will not be forced to compete but the training will remain consistent with the athletes who are competitive.


Finally, THE AWC PROMOTES MULTIPLE SPORT ATHLETES. Whereas we want to build the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, we also want our athletes to be well rounded and injury free.


If Olympic Weightlifting interests you, please reach out

Covid-19 and the AWC

These are very strange times and we are all trying to figure out our next steps. Whereas Olympic    Weightlifting is important to me because I love the sport, it is not essential. Even if we lose a month of training, life will continue. With that, I want to stress to everyone who is training, has trained, or will join the AWC as a new member, be safe and do your best to stay healthy and active. I miss all of you and I look forward to when life becomes routine again.


Will Easley (Youth National Champion, Junior National Champion, 2019 Junior World Team Member) commits to continuing his weightlifting career with Coach Dan Brown at Marian University  We are so proud of you, Will! 

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West Aurora High School Site:

1201 West New York Street

Aurora, IL 60506


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