Episode 50:
Unlocking Athletic Potential with Rich Lansky


December 6, 2023

Rich Lansky, a seasoned strength, conditioning, and weightlifting team coach at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida, has a notable 34-year coaching career. His contributions range from being the Head Coach at Braden River High School to personal training in the private sector.

Episode Summary:

Welcome to another episode of The Moffitt Method Podcast, where we dive deep into the world of athletic performance, training methodologies, and the secrets behind unlocking true potential. I’m your host, Tommy Moffitt, and today, we have a special guest who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the conversation. Joining us is Rich Lansky, renowned Strength & Conditioning Coach and Weightlifting Team Coach at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida.

Rich Lansky: A Journey of Coaching Excellence

Coaching Philosophy: For Rich Lansky, coaching transcends beyond a profession – it’s a calling, a great responsibility, and a lifelong commitment to making a positive impact. He firmly believes that teaching is coaching, and coaching is teaching. With 35 years of coaching experience, Rich emphasizes the enduring value of continuous learning and the pivotal role technique plays in every aspect of athletic development.

Coaching Journey: Rich’s coaching journey has been diverse and impactful, spanning multiple institutions and sectors. His coaching tenure includes significant roles at Manatee High School, Braden River High School, Lakeland Christian High School, Eckerd College (Rugby), and coaching internationally with USA Weightlifting/Team USA. From wrestling at Venice High School to leading Team Florida Gulfcoast Weightlifting, Rich has left an indelible mark in both the high school and private sector realms.

Educational Pursuits: A Syracuse University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree, Rich is currently enrolled in the Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology Program at Setanta College, pursuing a Master’s Degree. This commitment to education reflects his dedication to evolving as a coach and mentor.

Teaching and Coaching at Manatee High: Rich’s impact at Manatee High School spans two separate tenures totaling 10 years. In his role within the Physical Education/Health Department and Medical Academy, he serves as the Head Coach for Girls and Boys Weightlifting and as the Strength Coach for Football, Wrestling, Boys Basketball, and Track and Field.

Athletic Achievements: Rich’s athletic journey is equally impressive. As a multi-sport high school athlete and competitive lifter, he achieved notable milestones, including being a multiple-time APA (Amateur Powerlifting Association) Champion and a record holder in various powerlifting organizations.

Coaching Accolades: Rich’s coaching honors are a testament to his excellence. From winning the Special Olympics Florida Coach of the Year in 1996 to being named the 2022 National Strength and Conditioning Association Coach of the Year and inducted into the 2022 National High School Strength Coaches Association Hall of Fame, his contributions have been recognized at the highest levels.

Contributions to the Field: Rich has shared his knowledge through publications in esteemed journals like NSCA Journal, Training and Conditioning, Weightlifting USA, Purepower Magazine, and as a contributor to the book, “Strength Training for Football” (Human Kinetics).

Certifications: With a slew of certifications including CSCS, RSCC*E, USA Weightlifting L5 Sr. International Coach, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, USA Track and Field L1, and NASM CPT, Rich demonstrates a commitment to staying at the forefront of his field.

Personal Life: Beyond the accolades, Rich finds strength in his 32-year marriage to Ann Lansky, highlighting the importance of a supportive personal foundation.

Rich Lansky’s journey is a testament to the profound impact that a dedicated coach can have, not just on the field but in shaping the lives of athletes and the community at large.


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