Ed Coan

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Ed Coan
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Ed Coan in 2018
Edward Ignatius Coan

(1963-07-24) July 24, 1963 (age 59)
Known forStrength athletics
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Competition record
Representing  United States
USPF Senior National Championships
1st 1988
1st 1989
1st 1990
1st 1991
1st 1993
1st 1994
1st 1995
IPF World Championships
1st 1984
Disqualified 1985
1st 1988
Disqualified 1989
1st 1993
1st 1994
1st 1995
Disqualified 1996
USPF Mountaineer Cup
3rd 1999
1st 2000
1st 2001

Edward Ignatius Coan (born July 24, 1963) is an American powerlifter. He is widely regarded throughout the powerlifting world as the greatest powerlifter of all time.[1][2][3] Coan has set over 71 world records in powerlifting.[1]


Throughout his active career in international powerlifting competition Ed Coan has set over 71 world records in powerlifting.[4] He became the lightest person to cross the 2,400 lb. barrier in the powerlifting total (a sum of three lifts: the deadlift, bench, and squat). He set an all-time powerlifting record total at 2,463 pounds, even though at the time he was not in the heaviest weight class.

Coan's best result in a drug tested international competition is 1,035 kg (2,282 lbs) in the 100 kg weight class at the 1994 IPF Senior World Championships.[5] establishing a new world record at the time. Even though serving a lifetime ban from the IPF for doping, today Coan is among some people still acknowledged and regarded a legend in the world of powerlifting and spends much of his time mentoring young lifters coming into the sport.[3]

Coan's best single ply lifts:

  • Squat - 1019 lbs (~462 kg)
  • Bench press - 584 lbs (~265 kg)
  • Deadlift - 901 lbs (~409 kg)[6] raw by today's standards with only singlet and belt

      Total: 2463.6 lbs (1117.5 kg)

Other lifts[edit]

His best competition lifts as a 220 lb lifter:[7]

Squat - 961 lbs,

Bench - 584 lbs,

Deadlift - 901 lbs

  • The squat and deadlift attempts were 959 lbs and 898 lbs, respectively. After the competition the plates and barbell were weighed and the weight came out to be 961 and 901 lbs, respectively.  
  • Note that Ed Coan's lifts were completed under IPF Rules. Single layered suits and standard 2 meter knee wraps.

Drug ban[edit]

Coan has failed drug testing through the IPF three times. He was temporarily suspended in 1985 for the use of Deca-Durabolin, an anabolic steroid.[8]

In 1989, he was suspended due to a positive drug test.[8]

In 1996, at the IPF Men's Open World Championships in Salzburg, Austria, he tested positive again and was issued a lifetime ban from the IPF.[9] Because this positive drug test occurred in a competition in which he placed first, his name and results have been retroactively removed from the 1996 results. Coan is now suspended from IPF for life.[10]

In 2016, the IPF declared that due to Coan's suspension participating in his training seminars is a violation of WADA regulations and thus prohibited.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ISHOF | International Sports Hall of Fame | United States".
  2. ^ "Ed Coan".
  3. ^ a b "Ed Coan, USA – Powerlifter | Irish Strong Man".
  4. ^ "Interview With Famous Powerlifter Ed Coan" Retrieved October 4, 2009
  5. ^ http://powerlifting-ipf.com/fileadmin/data/results/worlds/wormen1994.htm Archived 2012-01-04 at the Wayback Machine "1994 IPF Worlds Results"]
  6. ^ "Ed Coan - Deadlift 901 @ 220". YouTube.
  7. ^ "Ed Coan". www.openpowerlifting.org. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  8. ^ a b "Atlas Speaks" Retrieved January 1, 2012
  9. ^ "IPF Men's Open Worlds 1996". www.powerlifting-ipf.com. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  10. ^ "IPF Anti-Doping Rule Violation list" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  11. ^ "Ed Coan Training Seminars in Sweden". IPF, International Powerlifting Federation. Retrieved 2017-07-21.

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