Head Coach: GLEN MILLER
The powerlifting program began in 2003 as an extracurricular strong man competition between dorms that quickly turned it into a structured weight lifting club. Two years later (’05), under the leadership of long time head coach Guthrey Fritz, three powerlifters traveled to Texas where they competed in the USAPL High School National Championships for the first time and Woodward Academy crowned its first individual National Champion.
Since 2005, the powerlifting program at Woodward Academy has been its most accomplished athletic. The teams have had an unprecedented run of success at the USA Powerlifting High School National Championships. They have won 11 straight team championships and crowned 24 individual champions. Teams have competed across the United States, traveling to Louisiana, Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Florida to lift. In 2015, Julious Walker (pictured above) broke 5 American records throughout the season on his way to becoming a run away National Champion. As a world-class athlete, he was asked to represent the United States that year on the Sub-Junior National team where he competed in Prague, Czech Republic and earned a silver medal. At the height of his career, he squatted 750 pounds, benchpressed 368 pounds, and deadlifted 627 pounds.