Our Weightlifting Coaches

Scroll down to meet our team! Our mission is to bring the sport of Weightlifting to everyone while helping them achieve their goals in a fun and supportive community!

Patrick Costello

Club Director & Head Coach

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  • USA Weightlifting Level 3 National Coach (2015)
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 (2010)
  • USA Weightlifting Level 2 Advanced (2014)
  • MuscleDriver Level 1 Weightlifting Course
  • MuscleDriver Level 2 Advanced Coach’s Course
  • USA Weightlifting LWC Certified Referee
  • USA Volleyball Member – Florida Chaperone
  • USOC SafeSport Certified
  • Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED Certified (AHA)
  • USADA Coach’s Advantage
  • Coaching Weightlifting since 2009
  • B.S. Digital Media & Advertising from the University of West Florida

Patrick moved to Tampa in 2007 and joined a local CrossFit gym to lose weight and get back in shape. After a year and a half of doing CrossFit and losing over 40 pounds, he attended a weightlifting seminar with Glenn Pendlay and his 94kg national champion Jon North and was instantly hooked. After that seminar, he has focused primarily on training the Olympic lifts and becoming a student of the sport.

Patrick has been coaching Weightlifting since 2009 and created Keep Pulling in late 2013 to serve as a resource of the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. Since then, Keep Pulling has helped hundreds of recreational and competitive lifters alike from teaching novice lifters to building state champions, national medalists, and international team prospects all while fostering a community of inclusion and opportunity for all athletes in the Tampa Bay Area and the state of Florida.

Patrick has traveled to spend time training with and learning from some of the biggest names in the sport including Alex Krychev and Ivan Abadjiev at the Eleiko Weightlifting Academy, Glenn Pendlay from California Strength and MDUSA, and has traveled to drop in at Catalyst Athletics in Sunnyvale, CA. He has also assisted U.S. International Coach Daniel Camargo during USA Weightlifting certification courses and Camargo Oly Concepts weightlifting seminars around the state of Florida. In 2016, he was elected to the Florida Weightlifting Federation (LWC #14) Board of Directors and served as Treasurer for the organization until June of 2020. Patrick is always seeking out new information and learning from everyone that he can while passing that information on to other lifters and coaches.

Patrick’s mission with Keep Pulling is to provide opportunities and outlets for Weightlifters to find the sport and train in a positive gym environment. He believes that lifters should not be forced to train alone but rather embraced into a flourishing community of like-minded athletes.

Patrick was a three-sport high school varsity athlete (soccer, tennis, golf) and graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Digital Media and Advertising.

Elizabeth Klauka

Assistant Coach

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  • Bachelors of Science in Biology
  • USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach (2016)
  • USA Weightlifting Advanced Sport Performance Coach (2019)
  • USA Volleyball Coach (2005)
  • CrossFit Level 1 (2014)
  • CPR/AED Certified (AHA)

Liz is originally from Michigan and spent her life playing competitive sports. She played volleyball as her main sport through high school and college and after that, began training for her first NPC Bikini show. After over a year of competing in physique shows, she discovered a CrossFit gym near her home town of Lansing, MI in 2013 and shifted her focus to CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting.

Coaching has always been a passion for Elizabeth. She has been coaching volleyball for 10 years and has been the head Junior Varsity coach for Tampa Preparatory School since 2014, head coach for a club volleyball team with Orlando/Tampa Volleyball Academy (OTVA), and is an instructor during competitive volleyball camps at the University of Tampa. She has also spent two years working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for a Division 3 college in Michigan, coached group fitness classes and weekly barbell classes in a CrossFit environment since 2015, and has coached Keep Pulling athletes at multiple local, state, and national-level Weightlifting competitions.

Elizabeth currently works full-time as a science teacher at a magnet/pre-IB middle school in the Tampa Bay Area in addition to chasing her passion for coaching.

Stacy Gavin

Weightlifting Coach

  • M.S., Exercise Physiology, Southern Illinois University
  • B.S., Kinesiology, Southern Illinois University
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Coaching Weightlifting since 2015

Stacy began CrossFit in 2012 and quickly fell into a coaching role by earning her Level 1 CF Trainer Certification one year later in 2013. Through CrossFit, she found the sport of Weightlifting and began training and competing in Weightlifting full-time from 2014 to 2016. During this time, she earned her USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach Certification and began coaching Weightlifting in 2015.

She has continued coaching Weightlifting and CrossFit in both Tampa, FL and Boulder, CO and upon returning to Tampa, she is looking to maintain teaching athletes new skills and developing Weightlifting technique at all levels. Stacy currently leads the Keep Pulling Academy Level 1 Courses which introduce new lifters to the sport of Weightlifting!

Stacy has worked professionally in various positions such as Director of Health & Wellness, Populations Health Coordinator, and General Manager of large wellness-related corporations and currently is the Wellness Coordinator for Hillsborough County. Stacy lives to help others succeed at their fitness-related goals and leverages her education and professional experience to ensure they do so!

A USAW Community Development Training Site

As a club, Keep Pulling has been chosen as the Southeast USA Weightlifting Community Development training site for 2019 and 2020! This selection by the governing body of the sport in the United States is based on outstanding achievements and community outreach programs to promote and grow the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.

Each year, over 80 clubs apply and 24 were chosen. USA Weightlifting has recognized Keep Pulling as:

  • An outstanding club whose goals and vision align with the national governing body of USA Weightlifting
  • A Center for Community Development based on our numerous outreach programs and community involvement
  • A nationally recognized Athlete Development and Training Site
  • A club with an extensive history of developing all athletes from beginners to national competitors with the infrastructure (space, equipment, programs, and coaching expertise) to continually support and develop these types athletes

Learn more about this designation below!

2020 USAW Community Development Training Site

2019 USAW Community Development Training Site

"Becoming a Resource" - Article published by USA Weightlifting (May 2019)

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