Midland University has announced the addition of varsity powerlifting with the arrival of world champion and world record holder Tim Anderson as the university's first head powerlifting coach.
Already Nebraska's largest athletic department with more than 800 student-athletes, Midland has captured national headlines in recent weeks with the addition of the region's first varsity level eSports program. The introduction of varsity powerlifting at Midland University will create the first opportunity in Nebraska for powerlifters to earn college athletic scholarships when it becomes the university's 29th varsity sport this fall.
"Midland has long been a leader in creating opportunities for students to pursue their passions and engage in learning experiences that extend beyond the walls of the classroom," said Midland University President Jody Horner. "We are excited to continue our tradition of leading the way by bringing collegiate competition in this emerging sport to students in Nebraska."
Midland's varsity powerlifting team will begin competition this fall and the university expects to quickly become one of the nation's premier programs. In addition to athletic scholarships, new powerlifting recruits will be eligible for free room and board for the fall semester.
As the university's first head powerlifting coach, Tim Anderson will put his world-class resume to work this week as he begins recruiting lifters for the fall campaign and years to come.
A world-class coach, Anderson led the USA World Bench Press Team to 12 team awards at international events in the past four years. As coach, he was responsible for competition strategy, team selection, and overseas travel and training for competitors. Anderson also has earned his USA Powerlifting Senior International coach certification.
"Tim has a proven record of identifying and developing world-class athletes," Midland University Director of Athletics Dave Gillespie. "Our team will have the unprecedented opportunity of learning from a champion who has coached and competed at the state, national, and international levels with unequaled success."
Anderson won the International Powerlifting Federation Masters World Championship for the past three years, was the 2008 IPF Open World Bench Champion, and was the USA Powerlifting National Champion nine times from 2006 to 2015. He also holds the IPF Masters and Open World Bench record and is a multiple American record holder. His career-best bench lift is 695 pounds.
As a competitor with 27 years of experience, Anderson spent ten years on the USA World Bench Press Team where he gained extensive expertise in specialized competition benching, training, techniques, and the use of powerlifting gear. A highly respected member of the powerlifting community, Anderson serves as a USA Powerlifting National Referee, was the USA Powerlifting Nebraska State Chairman for two years, and has been a USA Powerlifting Meet Director for more than 20 USA Powerlifting sanctioned powerlifting meets, including three national events.
"I'm looking forward to helping cultivate a culture of excellence that inspires student-athletes to achieve great things in all areas of life," Anderson said. "I believe my experiences on the international level will be of great value to students and cannot wait to get started."
Midland already is home to a popular powerlifting club, which held a successful open competition this past year. The club is one of more than 30 organizations on the student-centric campus that has experienced record growth in recent years.
Since 2009 Midland has seen enrollment more than double with the introduction of a unique 4-Year Graduation Guarantee, Nebraska' first hybrid MBA program, and an expansion of extracurricular opportunities that has included 13 new varsity sports and more than 250 opportunities in the performing arts.
As a varsity sport, powerlifting will join Midland's other offerings that include men's and women's basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, ice hockey, shotgun sports, soccer, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. The university also offers varsity programs in cheer, dance, football, baseball, softball, volleyball and women's lacrosse.
The university has begun recruiting competitors for the powerlifting program and interested athletes should contact Coach Anderson ([email protected]) or Borde Hill ([email protected] /  941-6511). Interested recruits can also fill out a questionnaire, here.
Learn more about Midland powerlifting here.