Meet the Founder

Michael Cohen is a native of Savannah, Georgia born to Howard and Carol Cohen.  Michael made a name for himself in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, having won many National, Junior National, Senior and Master Championships. Michael is a 3 time Olympian – one of the few in any sport to go as an athlete and a coach. He made the 1980 Olympic team and went on to be a member of the 2000 and 2004 Olympic teams as the head coach.

In 1988, Michael founded Team Savannah. Under his direction, Team Savannah has dominated the sport of weightlifting for the last 20 years, producing many National, World, and even Olympic athletes.  

Michael Cohen is the ONLY American coach to have athletes medal at all of the following events:  Junior Worlds, Senior Worlds, Master Worlds, Pan-Am Championships, Pan-Am Games and The Olympics.

Michael has produced 43 Senior National Champions, 82 Jr National Champions, 41 Youth National Champions, 31 Jr World Team Members, 9 Senior World Team members, 4 Youth World Team members and 3 Olympians!

 

ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1975-79 USA Junior World Weightlifting Team Member

1977 Maccabi Team Member (gold)

1980 USA Olympic Team Member

1981 Maccabi Team Member (gold)

1981 USA Senior World Team Member

1982 USA Senior World Team Member

1983 USA National Champion

1983 USA Pan American Team Member (silver)

1983 USA Senior World Team Member

1985 Maccabi Team Member (gold)

1986 Senior World Team Member

1986 USA National Champion

1986 Goodwill Team Member

1989 Maccabi Team Member (gold)

1997-2013 USA National Masters Champion

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1988 Founder, Team Savannah Weightlifting, Inc.

1993-2000 USA Junior World Team Coaching Staff

1998-2005 USA Weightlifting Women’s World Team Head Coach

1995-1996 Atlanta Olympic Training Coordinator (Savannah)

1996 Head Strength Coach, United Arab Emirates / Bahrain Paralympic Team

1998 USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach of the Year

1999 USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach of the Year

1999 USA Weightlifting Women’s Pan American Games Head Coach

1999 Competition Manager (Junior World Championships)

2000 Member, 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, Women’s Weightlifting Head Coach

2001 USA Goodwill Games Head Women’s Coach

2003 USA Weightlifting Women’s Pan American Games Head Coach

2003 Competition Manager World Masters Championships

2004 Member, 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, Women’s Weightlifting Head Coach

2011 – 2013 Savannah State University Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

(Basketball – men and women, Softball, Baseball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Golf)

2013–present Director of Strength and Conditioning National Wheelchair Basketball Association