Alumni spotlight: Matt Holden, ’18 Eastern Mennonite University


by Ryan Cornell for Eastern Mennonite University and available here

Left to right: Matt Holden ’18 trains lifters as director of online coaching for Gameday Barbell; powerlifter Daniel Clements after his third bench press attempt at the USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals in September; and powerlifter Julianna Iuorno after her record-setting bench press of 111 kilograms (244 pounds) at the USAPL Raw Nationals. (Photos courtesy of SBD Apparel and USA Powerlifting)

EMU alumnus Matt Holden ’18 coaches powerlifting champions

Less than a decade after starting the Royals Lifting club at EMU and graduating with a kinesiology degree, Matt Holden ’18 is coaching some of the nation’s best powerlifters to reach their full potential. 

At the USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Raw Nationals in September, two of Holden’s powerlifting proteges won their weight classes, while three other lifters placed in the top four of their weight classes. Eight of his athletes competed at the event, which was held in Memphis, Tennessee. Powerlifters from all over the country competed in squat, bench press and deadlift at the tournament.

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