Glenn Pendlay is a USA Weightlifting Level 5 Coach, the highest accreditation for Olympic Lifting Coaches in the US. Glenn Pendlay has been coaching Olympic Weightlifting since the mid 1990's, and had his first lifter qualify for a national meet in 1996. His entry into the sport came in 1992 when he had the chance to learn how to do the lifts himself from Russian coach Alexander Medvedyev after attending the Junior World Powerlifting championships in Moscow. Medvedyev invited Glenn to stay for a while and train, and taught him the basics of Olympic Weightlifting.
This was a very life-changing experience. Glenn had started School at Kansas State University with the intention of graduating with a history degree and becoming a high school teacher. His experiences in Moscow, especially seeing the science aspect of training and human performance, made him change his major immediately upon getting back from Moscow to Exercise Physiology. He eventually graduated from KSU with a BS, and went on to get his Masters degree in the same field.
Glenn chose to do research in the field of endocrinology while completing his Masters degree, specifically studying how different levels of stress affect the endocrine system and how this in turn affects the body's adaptation to the stress. This research led to multiple papers being published in peer reviewed journals, and also to Glenn's' working with not only weightlifters, but athletes from as diverse of backgrounds as cyclists, skiers, and track and field athletes.
Wichita Falls Weightlifting was established in 1999 with Glenn as the head coach, and from 1999 to 2009 was one of the top-producing clubs in the USA. During his time as the coach of that club, Glenn produced over 90 national champions, over 20 medalists in international competition, and his athletes have broken as many as 10 American records in a single year. He has coached successful athletes all the way from 10 year old School Age National Champions, to Senior World Team member and Pan American medalist, to Masters World Champion and World Record holder. His teams also competed successfully for team championships, including 6 men's collegiate national team titles in 7 years, and a string of 3 Junior National team titles in a row!