Ursula Garza tlifting champion and coach. During her career as an elite level weightlifter, she competed for Team USA at the 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 Weightlifting World Championships and was a member of the USA National team from 1991-1996. She is a two-time Senior National Champion, two-time Olympic Festival Champion, two-time NACACI Champion, many time American Open and collegiate national champion, (she also held national collegiate records in two different weight classes), and a former Senior American record holder in the clean & jerk. She still competes at Masters level and was 2009 Women’s Grand Master Champion, 2010 & 2014 Masters National Champion, and has broken 3 masters national records and 2 unofficial world records in April.
In coaching, she is one of fewer than 30 Senior International Coaches, the highest level possible in USA Weightlifting, and the only woman to ever achieve this level. She has coached dozens of athletes competing at national and international levels of competition, successfully developing lifters from the beginner level to winning titles at the senior, junior, collegiate championships, as well as qualification to USA national teams competing at Senior World, World University, Junior World, Pan American and Olympic Games. She coached female weightlifters for the 19 time national champion team Coffee’s Gym since 1993. In 2013, she founded a Men’s Team, Texas Barbell Club, which won the 2014 Men’s National Championship Team title. She has served as a Team USA coach at camps and international competitions and is currently a member of USAW’s Board of Directors as a Technical Director and also serves as Chairwoman, and the USA delegate to the IWF.