Head Coach – Osman Manzanares, USAW Tennessee LWC President
Coach Osman was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He started Olympic Weightlifting in 1983, when Juan Saavedra became his beginner coach, introducing him to the sport. By 1988, Osman progressed to new competitive levels, becoming national champion in the 56kg class. In 1990, he was awarded the silver medal in the Central American Games. In 1991, Osman qualified to compete in the Pan America games. Early in 1992 he qualified for the Barcelona Olympic Games and competed there in July. His result was 10th place in the 60kg weight class. In 1993, Osman immigrated to the United States, settling in New York. In 1994 he became the state champion there. In 1998 he returned to Honduras to compete and win the gold medal in the Central American Games, which included setting a record in snatch. In 2000, Osman won the Gold Medal at the Empire State Games in 64kg Class. In 2001, he achieved 3rd place at Nationals in Shreveport, LA. In 2002, Osman set his first record in the American Masters, which as of today remains unbroken. Every year since then (2003-2014), Osman has won gold in the Masters Division. He also garnered 3rd place in the 2004 World Championships. In 2005, 2008, and 2014 he has been the Pan American Champion gold medalist and record holder in the Snatch and Clean and Jerk.
In 2014 Osman was inducted in the American Masters Hall of Fame. In 2016 he received the National Coach Rating from USAW. He attributes his success to his coaches and personal dedication. Osman is married with 1 daughter and 2 step-sons.
Meet and Clinic Director – Jennifer Perrier, USAW Tennessee LWC Secretary
Jennifer is part of the Nashville Weightlifting Masters Team that competes nationally and internationally. Jennifer believes that all weightlifters should consider competing in meets either local or at higher levels, because competing allows people to push themselves to set new personal records and also to focus on goals. Jennifer also believes that attending clinics and seminars helps weightlifters and Crossfitters to develop their technique and to expand the weightlifting community. She loves to coordinate the meets and help coach the clinics so that everyone can have a great experience and can learn as much as possible to further their weightlifting capabilities.
Jennifer began her weightlifting career as a CrossFitter in 2008, and at one point held certifications in CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Kids, and CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting. She currently holds the USAW Sports Performance Coaching certification and is a USAW National Technical Official. Switching exclusively to Weightlifting in 2015, Jennifer has won gold at the Masters World Cup 2015 and the Pan Am Masters Championships in 2016 and again in 2018.
Coach – Ryan Flood
- USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach (2015-Current)
- Former CrossFit Level 1 Coach (2013-2018)
Coach Ryan started out in the world of CrossFit in 2012. After becoming more familiar with the sport through training and competition he acquired his Level 1 coaching certification in 2013 and took his first steps on his coaching journey. Ryan continued coaching, training, and competing in CrossFit until he was bitten by the weightlifting bug in early 2015 and participated in his first Olympic style weightlifting competition mid way through the year and then later that same year earned his Sports Performance Coaching certification from USAW. Around this time he also began dedicating all of his training time to weightlifting and soon joined Nashville Weightlifting Club as a member.
After continuing to train and compete under Coach Osman Manzanares, Ryan began assisting with seminars and coaching athletes. He later earned his Advanced Sports Performance Coach certification in January of 2018.
Ryan has competed in several local level competitions and has also competed on a national level during the American Open Series in 2018.
Ryan’s goal as a coach is to develop excellent athletes by promoting precise, efficient and safe movement through proper technique and training practices.