Nicole Foley

East Coast Gold Weightlifting

The Iron Asylum


Professional Overview

After graduating from James Madison University in 2010 with a degree in Corporate Communications and Dance, Nicole found herself unfulfilled and searching for a career that she was passionate about. Since becoming a certified personal trainer back in 2012, she has worked with a multitude of clients and athletes throughout her six years of experience. What began as merely a “job” has since developed into a resounding passion for training, both personally and professionally.


In the fall of 2014, she became a USA Weightlifting (USAW) certified Sport Performance Coach because Danny thought it would be a good tool to add to their coaching. At the time, she had no idea where this would lead, but low and behold she found a sport that she loved. At the same time, Danny met Phil Sabatini who was coming out of retirement and beginning his own barbell club in Virginia Beach. Nicole jumped at the chance to begin training under him and began competing in regional meets. Since that time, the team has merged to become the headquarters of East Coast Gold Weightlifting, one of the most decorated and renowned national teams in the country.


In 2016, Nicole obtained her CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) through the NSCA and decided to go back to school and obtain a Masters Degree in Sport Management from Old Dominion University. In 2017, Nicole accepted a job at the Iron Asylum (Virginia Beach, VA) where she is a strength coach and the resident Olympic Weightlifting coach. During her time at ODU, Nicole began an internship with East Coast Gold Weightlifting and is now an Assistant Coach in charge of the Youth and Junior Weightlifting Programs, as well as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator. 

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