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Written by Trey Cunningham, Ph.D., a washed up powerlifter and college professor.

My life’s trajectory was significantly impacted by High School Powerlifting!  This website is dedicated to the future career and life paths created by High School Powerlifting across the United States.

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About Trey

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Day Job – Associate Professor of Sport Management
For Fun – kayaking, photography, live streaming, & Netflix marathons
Family – I am blessed to have such a wonderful family. My wife, Claire, and two little ones. We live outside of Charlotte, NC.

Ph.D., Human Performance, The University of Southern Mississippi
M.S., Exercise Science, Louisiana Tech University
B.S., Fitness and Wellness, Clinical Concentration, Louisiana Tech University
NSCA, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)


Mediocre Powerlifting Career

ADFPA (USAPL) High School National Champion
USAPL Collegiate National Champion X 3
USPF (1997) & USAPL Teen/Junior National Champion X 2
USAPL Men’s Nationals Open Runner-Up X 2 (590@60kg)

Competed in IPF Junior World Championships X 5
– 1997 Slovakia, 1999 Czech Republic, 2000 Chinese Taipei, 2001 Bulgaria, & 2002 Russia

Hall of Fame Member – Louisiana High School Powerlifting Association

Previous Coaching Experience
Louisiana Tech Powerlifting Head Coach
– Men’s National Champions (2002,2003,&2004)
– Women’s National Champions (2002 & 2003)

USA Powerlifting – International Assistant Coach
– 2002 SubJunior Worlds, 2003 Junior Worlds, 2003 Women’s Worlds
Previous USAPL National Referee

State of High School Powerlifting
Powerlifting in high schools have been around for nearly 50 years. During this time, the sport has experienced waves of expanding growth. This period of time is no exception. State high school athletic associations and governance has become both a catalyst (and hinderance) of growth in the sport. For example, the Louisiana High School Powerlifting Association (LHSPLA) just completed its first few years as a recognized LHSAA sport. This 40 year dream and endeavor is now resulting in unprecedented growth of Powerlifting in Louisiana. However, most states are governed by independent organizations that are on the outside looking in, fighting to maintain growth with so many athletic and academic options available.

As each organization develops in different stages and at different paces, this site will showcase the accomplishments of lifters, teams, and governance actions from a national perspective. We hope you enjoy our work!



All of the information on this website is comprised of my own opinions. They are not approved nor endorsed by any entity including my employer, individual lifter, meet promoters, or powerlifting organizations.


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