Tim Anderson was named Midland University’s first powerlifting coach in the spring of 2016. He comes to campus with a world-class resume having led the USA World Bench Press Team to 12 team awards at international events in the past four years. He was responsible for competition strategy, team selection, and overseas travel and training for competitors as a coach for USA Powerlifting. Anderson has his senior international coach certification through the USA Powerlifting organization.
Anderson is active in weight lifting himself as he has won the International Powerlifting Federation Masters World Championship for the past three years. He was the 2008 IPF Open World Bench Champion and was the USA Powerlifting National Champion nine times from 2006 to 2015. He currently holds the IPF Masters and the Open World Bench records, along with multiple American records.
Coach Anderson comes to Midland with 27 years of competitive experience. He spent ten years on the USA World Bench Press Team where he gained extensive expertise in specialized competition benching, training, techniques, and the use of powerlifting gear. A highly respected member of the powerlifting community, Anderson serves as a USAPL National Referee and has been a USA Powerlifting Meet Director for more than 20 USAPL sanctioned powerlifting meets, including three national events. He has also served as the USAPL Nebraska State Chairman for the past two years.
Mike Zawilinski came to Midland University's Powerlifting Team in the Fall of 2020. He has over 25 years of experience in powerlifting and more than 16 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. Over 10 of those years were at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. While at Northeastern, he served in the Athletic Department as a Strength and Conditioning Coach working with every varsity team at some point. In 2007 he helped several students found the Northeastern Club Powerlifting team, which went on to win the Women's Raw Collegiate National Championship and the Women's World University Cup in 2016 in his last year with the team. In all, Mike has had five alumni from Northeastern who have gone on to compete at the IPF Open World Championships and one who has competed at the World Games.
Mike began coaching the USA National team in 2012, where he served as the Head Coach of the NAPF, North American Regional Championships, and Pan American Championships 2012-2015. Next, he served as the Head Coach for the IPF World University Cup 2016 to present, including working with Coach Anderson in 2019 when Midland's Men's Team won the title.
Mike's participation in powerlifting goes beyond coaching. He is the Rhode Island State Chair for USA Powerlifting and a meet director for about a dozen competitions in the Northeast and Southwest areas of the country. Mike is also an IPF Category I international referee with five years of experience officiating world championships and World Games in 2017. Mike also works with the USA Powerlifting's National Office to produce some of their prestigious events such as Raw Nationals and the Arnold Sports Festival.
He earned a Bachelor's in Science in Exercise Physiology from UMass Boston. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditions Specialist (CSCS) through the Nationals Strength and Conditioning Association and a Senior International Coach in USA Powerlifting.