Rich Peters’ first hosted powerlifting competition in 1978.

Las Vegas Royale at Caesar’s Palace

Richard Peters


  • Head Coach of Team NASA (3 Champion Teams) vs Team AAU ’04
  • Head Coach of Team NASA (2 Champion Teams) vs Team AAU in ’03
  • NASA Coach of the Year 2003
  • Head Coach of 3 IPF World Championship Teams (Sweden, Norway & Luxembourg)
  • Head Coach of Jr. World Championship Team (Sweden) World Champions
  • Head Coach of IPF 2nd Place Jr. World Team (Norway) World Runner-ups
  • Head Coach of 4 IPF World Champion Lifters
  • Head Coach of Team NASA Champions at the AAU World Push/Pull Championships
  • Coached Lifters to more than 30 IPF World Records
  • Coached more than 250 NASA National Champions
  • Head Coach of 4 Winning USA Teams in Russia
  • Served as USPF National Treasurer


  • 3x Strongest Man in Oklahoma Winner at 213 lbs – 230 lbs bwt (lightest man in comp)
  • State Champion Powerlifter (Best Training Lifts 804, 525, 733, 2060) @ 220 lbs


  • Created “Power Sports” lifting in 1996 ©
  • Founder of the first High School National Championships
  • First USA Meet Director in Russia (Moscow)
  • Only Meet Director in history to Conduct 4 consecutive USPF Senior Nationals Championships
  • Has Promoted more than 2,100+ Individual Powerlifting Meets in 43+ years – World Record
  • Has personally witnessed over 1,000,000+ Powerlifting Attempts
  • World’s Foremost Authority on Spotting and Loading
  • First to bring Russian Powerlifting Team to US to compete (Atlanta, GA. 1990)
  • First to allow women to lift on the same platform as men in the same meet. (1970’s)