Experienced and passionate coaches committed to unleashing your inner athlete and radically upgrading your strength and movement quality.



pHOTO cREDIT  Will Breault

pHOTO cREDIT Will Breault

Nathan Stemo - Head Coach

Certifications/Programs: USA Weightlifting Level 1 Club Coach, Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from Carroll College, Strength and Conditioning Intern at Marquette University High School, Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Hall of Fame Member

Training Camps/Seminars: United States Olympic Weightlifting Training Center Development Camp, Jared Enderton Weightlifting Seminar

Meet Highlights:  2015 USAW National Junior Championships - Gold in Snatch, Bronze in Clean and Jerk, Silver Overall, 2015 IWF Junior Pan-American Championships, 2015 IWF Junior World Championships, 2015 American Open - Silver in Snatch, 2015 USAW National University Championships - Silver in Snatch and Clean and Jerk, Bronze Overall, 2016 USAW National University Championships Champion - Gold in Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total, 2016 USAW American Open, 2017 American Open, 2017 USAW National Championships, 2018 American Open, 2019 USAW National Championships - Silver in Snatch, Silver Overall.

 Coaching Highlights: 2019 Wisconsin Weightlifting: 1st Place Men’s and Women’s teams.


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Murph DeVane - Founder, Coach

Like many these days I discovered my passion for Olympic weightlifting through CrossFit after years of playing ultimate and rugby on the collegiate level. After finishing graduate school at UW-Milwaukee and a brief stint working in finance, I decided that my energy could be better utilized helping others in the gym -- hence the birth of Milwaukee Barbell. I've coached in the fitness industry now for five years, with the last three devoted exclusively to the development of Olympic weightlifting in Southeastern Wisconsin.   Currently, our Club athletes are focusing their training towards the 2015 National Junior Championships, University Championships, Senior Nationals, and the American Open. As an athlete, I competed at the 2013 National University Championships, the 2014 Arnold Weightlifting Championships, along with numerous local and state level meets.  In the summer of 2016, I had the privilege of immersing myself in the Chinese Weightlifting system at the Beijing Sport University.  The principles of the Chinese lifting technique and patient programming style are present Milwaukee Barbell's melting pot of expertise.

Certifications/Programs: USA Weightlifting Coach Mentoring Program, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Club Coach, CrossFit Level 2 Certified Trainer

Training Camps/Seminars: Beijing Sport University - Ma Strength, Glenn Pendlay Level 1, Jon North

Meet Coaching Highlights: 2015 USAW National Junior Championships, 2015 IWF Junior Pan-American Championships, 2015 IWF Junior World Championships, 2015, 2016 and 2017 National University Championships, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 USAW American Open, 2017 USAW National Championships.