South Dakota Powerlifting
Hall of Fme Page
2008 South Dakota Hall of Fame Inductee
Steve Howard - Rapid City, SD
Steve Howard- Life Long Rapid City resident
- Education: Bachelors degree Industrial Technology Black Hills State -
UniversityCertifications & Experience Pertaining to Strength & Fitness
  • 1984 first employed as fitness trainer by local fitness center
  • 1986 began training for & competing in bodybuilding & Powerlifting events
  • 1996 Appointed South Dakota state chairman for USA Powerlifting
  • 1998 Achieved certification as Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
    (Certification through National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA))
    (CSCS Examination proctored by Black Hills State University)
  • 1998 Referee at national powerlifting championships (1998 to present)
  • 1999 Elected to USA Powerlifting national board of directors
  • 2001 Appointed as an assistant coach to 2001 world masters bench press team
  • 2001 Registered with International Powerlifting Federation as category II international referee
  • 2001 Owner operator Steve Howard Strength & Fitness 2001 to present
  • 2002 Attendee Sioux Valley Hospital Strength & Conditioning Clinic
    Completed clinics by:
    (Boyd Epley, Co-Founder of University of Nebraska strength program)
    (Dave St John, sprint coach Augustana College)
  • 2003 Attendee Sioux Valley Strength & conditioning clinic
    Completed clinics by:
    (Jim Kramer: Coordinator of strength & conditioning US Olympic training center)
    (Roger Shewmake: Ph.D. LN, clinical nutritionist USD School of medicine)
  • 2003 Appointed assistant coach to 2003 masters world bench press team
  • 2003 Rapid City Red Dogs NIFL football, strength & conditioning coordinator
  • 2003 Producer & Director of USA Powerlifting National Powerlifting Championships
  • 2003 Re-Elected to USA Powerlifting national board of directors
  • 2004 Elected to USA Powerlifting masters committee
  • 2005 Attendee Sioux Valley Hospital strength & conditioning clinic
    Completed clinics by:
    (Pat Borkowski: strength & conditioning coordinator US Olympic training center)
  • 2005 Appointed to USA Powerlifting coaching committee
  • 2005 Certified as sports performance coach by USA Weightlifting at US Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 2005 Attendee National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) national conference
    Attended clinics by:
    (Mark Verstegen of Athletes Performance Institute Tempe AZ)
    (Juan Carlos Santana of Institute of Human Performance, Boca Raton, FL
  • 2005 Certified Club Coach by USA Weightlifting, Denver, CO
  • 2006 Attendee Sioux Valley Hospital Strength & Conditioning clinic
    Completed Clinics by:
    (Paul Robbins: Athletes Performance Institute, Tempe, AZ)
    (Jim Snider: Assistant director of strength & conditioning, University of Minnesota)
  • 2006 Elected to serve third three-year term on USA Powerlifting national board of directors
  • 2007 Attended Sanford Health / USD School of medicine strength & conditioning clinic
    Completed clinics by:
    Scoot Moody: Center for Athletic Performance, Overland Park, KS
    Mitch Hauschilt: St Johns Sports Medicine Health Tracks, Springfield, MO.
  • 2007 Attended three-day Perform Better functional training summits in Chicago, IL and Providence, RI
  • 2007 Opened Steve Howard Strength & Fitness Training Studio at The Weight Room


  • Current record holder of 4 SD State Masters USAPL Powerlifting State records
  • Past record holder spanning 18 years of over 12 SD State masters/submasters powerlifting records
  • Current record holder of 6 SD USAWeightlifting state records
  • Current USAPL Squat Nationals record holder (275# 45-49 masters division)
  • 2002 USAPL Masters National Powerlifting Champion, Charlottesville, VA. (275# 45-49 division)
  • Officiated over 20 world powerlifting records
  • D* re-certified with distinction 2005 by the NSCA
© Copyright South Dakota USA Powerlifting 2010.
All Rights Reserved, All Wrongs Avenged.
Website Designed and Developed by Lenz Creative.