Lily's Coaches


Jeff Pillars

Jeff has a USAW National Coach status and has been coaching the weightlifting since 2008. Jeff holds a masters degree in exercise physiology from Eastern Michigan University. With over 10,000 hours of Group and Private training under his belt, Jeff enjoys finding the path to success for each individual ranging from those who begin with extreme limitations to competitive athletes.


Joelle Emery

Joelle is a USAW Advanced Sports Performance coach working towards her National Coach ranking. She is the president of Michigan Weightlifting and a member of USAW's Women's Collegiate Development Committee. As the founder of Weights & Plates, she is certified through ISSA in Sports Nutrition, and helps athletes meet their nutrition needs. Joelle competes as a senior 59kg and has lifted at AO Finals, Senior Nationals and The Arnold Classic. She was the bronze snatch medalist at American Open 2018, and holds the snatch, clean & jerk and total 59kg Michigan Records.


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