Weightlifting Legendary Coach Glenn Pendlay Passes Away At The Age Of 48

Glenn Pendlay, a legendary American weightlifting coach passed away at only 48 in the morning of the 5th of September, 2019. This is a tragedy for the whole weightlifting community and lots of coaches and athletes share their condolences on social media. Pendlay shared the news about his battle with cancer on the Weightlifting House podcast last month. He was officially diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Cancer.

Glenn Pendlay had the highest Level 5 Coach accreditation and was one of the greatest USA Weightlifting coaches. He will remain a real legend of the USA weightlifting. He started his coaching career in the mid-‘90s.

“You literally gave the shirt off your back for anyone who needed it and always put the sport of weightlifting first.” – Tom Sroka on Pendlay’s passing.

Pendlay was not only coaching, but he also helped MuscleDriver USA develop a “Pendlay” product line. He aimed to improve the weightlifting equipment and prepare more athletes. A barbell row variation was named after Pendlay. Tom Sroka, his close friend and strength coach shared his condolences on his Instagram page:

Just got word of Coach Glenn Pendlay passing away early this morning. He lost his fight with cancer but left behind him a legacy not to be forgotten. Multiple times he was asked if he won the lottery what would he do, and his answer was always the same: Create a training center for American lifters so they can earn a stipend, train full time, and bring home some medals.

Well Coach you were able to do just that. No one has seen anything like what you created at MDUSA since the days of Bob Hoffman and York Barbell and a lot of lifters have you to thank for bringing the weightlifting to the forefront of the strength world.

Personally, I’ll never be able to repay you for taking a chance on me and bringing me into this sport all these years ago. I still am mad at you for ripping up check after check in my face when I tried to pay you rent for living with you. You literally gave the shirt off your back for anyone who needed it and always put the sport of weightlifting first. This one is going to sting for a while. Thank you Glenn for all you did for me and countless others throughout the years, now you can finally Rest In Peace Coach…

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Just got word of Coach Glenn Pendlay passing away early this morning. He lost his fight with cancer but left behind him a legacy not to be forgotten. Multiple times he was asked if he won the lottery what would he do, and his answer was always the same: Create a training center for American lifters so they can earn a stipend, train full time, and bring home some medals. Well Coach you were able to do just that. No one has seen anything like what you created at MDUSA since the days of Bob Hoffman and York Barbell and a lot of lifters have you to thank for bringing the weightlifting to the forefront of the strength world. Personally, I’ll never be able to repay you for taking a chance on me and bringing me into this sport all these years ago. I still am mad at you for ripping up check after check in my face when I tried to pay you rent for living with you. You literally gave the shirt off your back for anyone who needed it and always put the sport of weightlifting first. This one is going to sting for a while. Thank you Glenn for all you did for me and countless others throughout the years, now you can finally Rest In Peace Coach… #pendlay #goodbye #coach #trailblazer #usaw #weightlifting #thankyou #calstrength #teammdusa

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CEO of USA Weightlifting Phil Andrews wrote on his Instagram page:

 “I am sad to share the loss of an impactful individual in our sport, this time Coach Glenn Pendlay. Rather than his headlining achievements of Team MDUSA and Cal Strength, Glenn might be best remembered for his willingness to share knowledge and how the sport.”

We express our sincere condolences to the family and close people of Glenn Pendlay. Rest in Peace, Glenn.

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