Dane Miller coached Norik Vardanian at the Olympic Trials this year (2016). You can read about his experience at the trials here. Norik placed second at the Trials behind Olympian Kendrick Farris. Unfortunately, Norik fell injured the week before the Pan American Championships, otherwise he would have most likely competed in the 2016 Olympics this week in Rio.
Not impressed that Dane coached at the trails for Weightlifting? Dane also coached at the Olympic Trials for Track and Field. He coached five athletes at the trials in Eugene, Oregon. Dane is the only coach in the country that coached prospective olympians in TWO DIFFERENT SPORTS!
Online client, Alex Rose, competed for his home country of Samoa in the discus at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Alex is the first athlete from Garage Strength that we can say is an Olympian. While he is the only athlete trained by coach Dane Miller who has competed in the Olympics, he is not the only Olympian to have trained at Garage Strength. Its actually quite common to see elite athletes stop at the Garage. Check out the list here of some notable visitors.
Read on for some added knowledge about Dane's rise to elite level coaching...
At age 11, Dane told his father he was going to get strong to be a state championship athlete. He picked up weights, started to compete, and hasn’t looked back since. Now, as the owner of Garage Strength, Dane trains southeastern Pennsylvania’s elite athletes, including four state champions in three sports, three national champions, and a world team member. He trained under and with numerous Olympic champions and a world record holder, and has coached multiple times as a special invitee to the Olympic Training Center.
After founding Garage Strength in 2009, Dane grew it into Berks County’s premier Olympic weightlifting and sports performance center. His unique, intensive training programs are based not only on tested and proven methods of optimal athletic development but each athlete’s skill and need.
Dane began his athletic career at Schuylkill Valley High School, where he ranked as an All-State defensive lineman, and two-time Berks County lineman of the year.
He remains the best shot putter in Berks County, holding a shot put record previously broken before man walked on the moon, and reached his sixth-grade goal of a PA State Championship in the event. He finished in PA’s top four in both shot put and discus in high school before continuing to throw for Penn State University, where he was a five-time Big 10 place winner, track and field team captain, and four-time Academic All-Big 10 scholar athlete. He was also an NCAA championship qualifier and four-time regional qualifier. He is a two-time USA Indoor Track and Field national qualifier.
In addition to those accolades, today Dane’s training programs produce even more impressive numbers:
139 state and national qualifiers in 7 sports73 state and national medalists61 high school athletes that continued to NCAA athletics10 state champions6 Olympic trials participants in 2 sports6 national champions5 international team members6 NCAA All-Americans4 American Record Holders1 Olympian