Carlos Hernandez

Some would say I peaked in high school… I was part of 3 state championships, 2 baseball and 1 basketball which happened to be the first in the history of Smith Valley. I was the player of the year in both baseball and basketball my senior in the Northern Nevada A League. In my adult life, I have continued to play basketball and baseball in recreational leagues but for the most part have focused on staying fit and coaching. Although I lifted a little bit of weights in high school, I found the sport of weightlifting through CrossFit in 2008 and began coaching in 2009. I am a husband to a beautiful wife- Paige, a Dad to three boys- Maddux, Jordan and Payton and I also happen to be a mechanical engineer who designs slot machines by day.
In weightlifting my greatest accomplishments have been:
35th place finish out of 70 at the 2015 Senior Nationals- one of the oldest athletes…
2015 PWA 77kg Champion
2017 Bronze medal at the World Masters Games, New Zealand
2018 Masters National Champion, 77kg
2019 World Cup Champion, 73kg
2021 World Masters Champion, 73kg

As a Coach:
First Youth National Championship for Olivia Barclay in 2016
6 International medals for Masters team USA including 3 World Champions
Runner up for both Mens and Womens Calavera teams at the American Open Series I
13U Women’s National Champions- 2018
Youth Technique Medal- Olivia Barclay, 2017
2 Masters National Champions

And probably my biggest accomplishment as a coach and person is giving back to our community through our charity event, Pulling for Our Little Heroes every year. This event speaks volumes of this community and our friends as it grows a little bit each year. As a community we have raised over $612,000 in 9 years and have donated every penny to the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. This event is something that I want to continue doing for as long as possible.

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. – John Wooden