Colleges Which Have Powerlifting Teams

A poster at the NASA forum asks whether there are any colleges with powerlifting programs.

I am a Mother of a Junior in HS this year. He got into Powerlifting last year since our new AD is big on powerlifting. My son LOVES it and is doing quite well. He now benches 675 (this is during summer workouts and w/o wraps). BP 435 and Dead lifts 550 (this past season lift). I am looking to start researching colleges/uiversities that are big into the powerlifting. My son plays football, a guard and does quite well but he is only 6.0 and I feel he probably doesn't have a chance to play in the bigger universities (and don't know if we want the politics of it anyway). Do any of you know where I can start looking? Maybe some of you know of univ. that are big in this. I feel that if he can do this as a JR., what could he do in the spring of his Sr. year.

Responses:

La tech is the best....most texas schools have teams....as well as la. schools...

Take a look at the Iron Raiders powerlifting club at Texas Tech. They are very oganized and very well run. They are also great people and fun to be around.

I am a graduate student at Texas Tech and compete for their Powerlifting Club. I think it is great that your son loves the sport, as do I, but there are no scholarships available. I lifted in high school as well, and had grand expectations as a state champion for scholarships, but was very disappointed to find there are none. Powerlifting is a club sport, and the most that a university could do for you is to wave out-of-state tuition... but still very few organizations can even do that. If your son has the opportunity to play ball, I'd encourage him to pursue that and keep on powerlifting on the side. There is much more money available to assist him in his education. Powerlifting is a great hobby to complement his other game. If he is interested in lifting, the Texas Tech Iron Raiders would love to have him. We are a small, but growing organization and have a commitment to excellence in the lifting community. Best of luck as your son approaches his Senior year.

Texas Tech powerlifting coach, Bobby Warren:

If your son loves powerlifting, there's only one place to be to train with the best. Shoot me an e-mail for further info. Best Wishes,

Depends where you are located. Ball State University down in Indiana has a nice tradition. Naval Academy is into it, and he would fit in as the kids have to fit into the weight/height chart. I would check out federations that have collegiate championships and see what schools have been the top dogs the past few years. Even if the University is not big on powerlifting, if he is in a town that has a powerlifting gym...just as easy to train off campus as it is on.

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i was dominating high school powerlifting, and LA tech was very interesting in me, but powerlifting is not an NCAA sport and they could not legally offer me a scholarship.

something needs to be done about that. i have a feeling that powerlifting would blow up if it could be NCAA approved

I think University of Louisiana Lafayette has one. I don't think tuition is that bad there either and it is in a neat part of the country.

Illini Powerlifting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: www.illinipowerlifting.org

I'm not sure it would ever become an NCAA varsity sport, especially on the men's side. Budget problems and Title IX requirements have made just about every men's sport that isn't football or basketball an endangered species.
It may happen on the women's side, however. Women's rowing is an NCAA sport, while I don't believe men's rowing is. Women's rugby may get NCAA recognition, but there are no similar plans for the men's game.

i wasnt going to change my college plans JUST for the sake of lifting on a college team thru USAPL. i can do that on my own. if they were able to get scholarships then the sport would really take off in my opinion. but they cant do that as long as its not NCAA

I know Univ of Florida has a team they have their own website and stuff also.

Here's Florida's website.

I hate title 9... football shouldnt be included becuase it is so far advanced and they make so much $$$.
I also think powerlifting should be an ncaa sport. Think of all the kids that played football in high school... if more schools had powerlifting most of those kids would participate.
I also dont like the fact that there are only a few schools in the northeast. Yale and Penn... i could never get into them but i still ant to go somewhere that had an organized team.

I am a powerlifter from Mississippi I am a junior and also agree that scholarships should be allowed in the ncaa. It would help me alot if they did.

im a sophomore girl in high school and im starting to look into colleges this year, and i wanted to find something for powerlifting. i play soccer also, but i love lifting and im in powerlifting for school too. i wanted to know if they even have it for girls? is there no possible way to get a scholarship?

Proofs in the puddin, Powerlifting is fun, exciting and very competitive, I'm a junior in high school and my freshman year we won a state title as a team and we kinda ran into the same problem as the whole ncaa not approving it as a sport because in Oklahoma the football coaches association puts our meets on and we got the whole oh it's not a sport junk..the point is powerlifting deserves to be a sport in college just as much as any other sport they have if it doesn't deserve it more

I would support colleges offering scholarships to athletes if competitions were run under RAW guidelines.

Im a jr in hs and have been in powerlifting since my freshamn year. i will be senior this upcoming year. I am looking for a school that offers powerlifting. I am very good at. I can Squat 300lbs bench 140lbs and deadlift 285lbs. I plann to do a lot more next season but this is something i wish to carry with me when i go on to college. please let me know if you have any ideas! thank you soo much!

jon wrote:
A poster at the NASA forum asks whether there are any colleges with powerlifting programs.

I am a Mother of a Junior in HS this year. He got into Powerlifting last year since our new AD is big on powerlifting. My son LOVES it and is doing quite well. He now benches 675 (this is during summer workouts and w/o wraps). BP 435 and Dead lifts 550 (this past season lift). I am looking to start researching colleges/uiversities that are big into the powerlifting. My son plays football, a guard and does quite well but he is only 6.0 and I feel he probably doesn't have a chance to play in the bigger universities (and don't know if we want the politics of it anyway). Do any of you know where I can start looking? Maybe some of you know of univ. that are big in this. I feel that if he can do this as a JR., what could he do in the spring of his Sr. year.

Responses:

La tech is the best....most texas schools have teams....as well as la. schools...

Take a look at the Iron Raiders powerlifting club at Texas Tech. They are very oganized and very well run. They are also great people and fun to be around.

I am a graduate student at Texas Tech and compete for their Powerlifting Club. I think it is great that your son loves the sport, as do I, but there are no scholarships available. I lifted in high school as well, and had grand expectations as a state champion for scholarships, but was very disappointed to find there are none. Powerlifting is a club sport, and the most that a university could do for you is to wave out-of-state tuition... but still very few organizations can even do that. If your son has the opportunity to play ball, I'd encourage him to pursue that and keep on powerlifting on the side. There is much more money available to assist him in his education. Powerlifting is a great hobby to complement his other game. If he is interested in lifting, the Texas Tech Iron Raiders would love to have him. We are a small, but growing organization and have a commitment to excellence in the lifting community. Best of luck as your son approaches his Senior year.

Texas Tech powerlifting coach, Bobby Warren:

If your son loves powerlifting, there's only one place to be to train with the best. Shoot me an e-mail for further info. Best Wishes,

Depends where you are located. Ball State University down in Indiana has a nice tradition. Naval Academy is into it, and he would fit in as the kids have to fit into the weight/height chart. I would check out federations that have collegiate championships and see what schools have been the top dogs the past few years. Even if the University is not big on powerlifting, if he is in a town that has a powerlifting gym...just as easy to train off campus as it is on.

I am too a huge fan of powerlifting.when i was a sophmore weighing at 155 lbs. i benchpress 300 lbs, squat 500lbs and deadlift 550 lbs. i am now a junior and haven't really maxed out yet.