Athletic Records & Achievements

Growing up as the son of two military parents, Evan has lived in homes in multiple states, where his athletic pursuits enabled consistency.  He has been profiled multiple times in national media, beginning at age 11, and in 2015 was the subject of a documentary on elite performance titled “Strings to Iron” that premiered at the AMFM Film Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Evan began lifting weights to augment his taekwondo at age 10, and broke a world record in his first powerlifting meet several months later.  His increased strength through powerlifting helped him win 10 state titles in taekwondo in the Southeast and Midwest between the ages of 10 and 13, and helped him medal nationally at the Junior Olympics and Taekwondo nationals five times in that period.

In middle school, having earned his black belt in taekwondo, Evan decided to set aside the martial arts to pursue springboard diving for the challenge of the sport. Although diving was his least successful sports effort, he still earned all-state status three times in high school, was an Arizona Small Schools state champion, and earned AAU All-American status by placing at nationals on both 1-meter and 3-meter boards in 2017.

Training in powerlifting and strongman throughout high school, Evan continued to win national, world and Junior Olympic titles in powerlifting, strongman and the Allsports Combine.  As a senior, he became the youngest powerlifter in history (18) to break more than 100 lifetime world powerlifting records during his senior year of high school in 2016.  With 111 total age-group world powerlifting records, and hundred of national and state records, he is also the only powerlifter in history to break national or world records in nine different weight classes (77, 88, 97, 105, 114, 123, 132, 148, & 165 lbs.).  He won multiple divisions at 13 national and eight world powerlifting championships, and was undefeated in Junior Olympic Games Powerlifting from 2009 – 2017.  He also won the AAU strongman world title twice, while being named as top junior athlete at worlds.  He was also unbeaten in the Junior Olympic Games national combine, winning his age group four times.  During high school, Evan was named Strength Sports National Athlete of the Year three times, and received the AAU’s prestigious Joel Ferrell Award for sportsmanship.  His exploits have been detailed been in both Sports Illustrated and Sports Illustrated for Kids, and in other media reporting.

World Powerlifting Records

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Athlete Biography

Age: 20

Height:  5’10”

Weight: 160 lbs.

Competition squat: 425 lbs.

Competition bench press: 248 lbs.

Competition deadlift: 510 lbs.

Competition power clean: 198 lbs.

Standing long jump:  9’ 6”

40 yard sprint: 4.82

Academic/Community/Leadership/Music

  • 2018 recipient, Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children
  • 2018 recipient, Phoenix MENSA Scholarship
  • 2017 Selected City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Man of the Year (District 6 and overall winner)
  • 2017 recipient, Ronald McDonald House scholarship (Arizona)
  • 2017 recipient, American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship
  • 2017 recipient, AXA Achievement Award
  • 2017 recipient, Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children
  • 2017 Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year finalist
  • 2017 Selected for Arizona West Region Honors Orchestra
  • 2016 Awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Award
  • 2016 Selected among City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Men of the Year (District 6)
  • 2016 Selected for Arizona West Region Honors Orchestra
  • 2016 – 2017 Appointed to Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission
  • 2016 1 of 20 violinists selected from 440+ international applicants for Interlochen Academy of the Arts Summer Violin Master Class
  • 2016 Arizona Boys State selectee; Elected President of the Senate, received Americanism award for best patriotic essay
  • 2016 Valley Youth Leadership graduate
  • 2015 Awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Award
  • 2015 Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year semi-finalist
  • 2015 AAU Strength Sports Academic All-American
  • 2015 Joe Foss Institute Didi Foss National Scholarship Essay contest winner
  • 2015 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade essay contest – 2nd place
  • 2015 Phoenix VFW “Voice of Democracy” speech competition – 3rd place
  • 2015 Launched “Lift for Heroes” campaign benefitting the Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • 2015 Elected Co-president, Phoenix Country Day School Black, Caribbean and Latino club
  • 2015 1 of 20 selected nationally for USC/Chevron Frontiers of Energy STEM Summer program
  • 2015 Selected to Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory, Alamosa, Colorado
  • 2015 National Anthem Phoenix Veterans Day Parade kickoff
  • 2015 Selected for Arizona West Region Honors Orchestra
  • 2015 National Anthem Arizona Diamondbacks pro baseball
  • 2014 National Anthem Phoenix Veterans Day Parade awards dinner
  • 2013 Le Grand Concours – Laureat National (National French Comprehension test – top 8 USA)
  • 2013 Florida State French Conference, Superior award
  • 2013-Current National Junior Honor Society
  • 2011-Current Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) for advanced students
  • 2012 National Anthem Tampa Bay Rays pro baseball
  • 2012 Florida State French Conference Prix du Jury (Jury prize – French poetry)
  • 2009 Second Place, Korean Embassy national essay contest.

Athletic Recognition

  • 2018 AAU Strength Sports Overall Men’s National Athlete of the Year
  • 2018 AAU National Junior Powerlifter of the Year
  • 2017 Recruited to dive at Brown University (Men’s Swim/Dive team subsequently suspended)
  • 2017 AAU Diving All-American on 1-meter, 3-meter boards
  • 2016 AAU Strength Sports Overall Men’s National Athlete of the Year
  • 2015 AAU Strength Sports Overall Men’s National Athlete of the Year
  • 2015 Outstanding Youth Athlete recipient, World Indoor Feats of Strength
  • 2015 Team Captain, Jets Barbell National Team, for AAU Junior Olympics and AAU World Championships
  • 2014 AAU Joel Ferrell Award recipient, outstanding JO Games Athlete in powerlifting
  • 2014 Outstanding Youth Athlete recipient, World Indoor Feats of Strength
  • 2014-2015 Phoenix Country Day School Boys Diving MVP
  • 2013 AAU World Powerlifting Championships Best Lifter Award
  • 2013 Afghan National Olympic Committee award of excellence
  • 2011 Selected for Torch Runner for the State Games of America, San Diego

Springboard Diving

  • 2017 AAU Diving Nationals – 3rd place 1-meter, 4th place 3-meter
  • 2017 AAU Arizona State Qualifier – 1st place 3-meter, 2nd place 1-meter, Qualified for AAU Diving Nationals
  • 2016 Arizona State Division III High School Championships — 3rd place
  • 2016 PCDS Diving Invitational – 3rd place
  • 2016 USA Diving Regionals – Qualified for Zone competition
  • 2016 USA Diving Season Opener – 2nd place 1-meter, 2nd place 3-meter
  • 2015 Arizona State Division II High School Championships – 6th place
  • 2015 PCDS Diving Invitational – 2nd place
  • 2015 Brophy High School Invitational – 5th place
  • 2015 USA Diving Cactus Invitational – 3rd place 1-meter
  • 2014 Arizona State Division II High School Championships – 5th place
  • 2014 Arizona Small Schools champion
  • 2014 PCDS Diving Invitational champion
  • 2014 AAU Arizona Marlins Summer Invitational champion
  • 2014 AAU Iowa champion (novice); JO-3rd place
  • 2014 Bettendorf Invitational champion
  • 2013 YMCA Diving Nationals – 8th place
  • 2012-2013 Tampa Preparatory School Most Improved Diver Award
  • 2011-2012 Tampa Preparatory School Coach’s Award
  • 2012 Florida State High School diving championships – top 20

Powerlifting

8-time world champion, 12-time national champion with 108 world and hundreds of national and state powerlifting records in 9 weight classes, beginning at age 10.

  • 2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2017 EPF National Powerlifting champion
  • 2016 WNPF World Powerlifting champion
  • 2015 WPF World Powerlifting champion
  • 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2015 U.S. Powerlifting Federation national champion
  • 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion.
  • 2014 World Natural Powerlifting Federation world champion
  • 2014 Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate world champion
  • 2014 Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate Florida Record Breakers champion
  • 2013 AAU World Powerlifting champion
  • 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2012 AAU World Powerlifting champion
  • 2012 Iron Boy Powerlifting national champion
  • 2012 100% Raw Powerlifting national champion
  • 2012 Iron Boy Powerlifting North Carolina State champion
  • 2012 AAU Florida State Champion
  • 2012 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2012 Raw United North American/Armed Forces champion
  • 2011 AAU World Powerlifting champion
  • 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2011 Raw United North American/Armed Forces Day champion
  • 2011 USAPL State Games of American (Guest Lifter)
  • 2011 USAPL Bench Press National champion
  • 2010 Raw United North American/Armed Forces Day champion
  • 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2009 AAU World Powerlifting champion
  • 2009 Raw United North American/Armed Forces Day champion
  • 2009 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion

AAU Combine/Feats of Strength 

  • 2017 AAU JO Games Combine champion and national record-holder
  • 2015 AAU World Indoor Feats of Strength champion
  • 2015 AAU JO Games Combine champion and national record-holder
  • 2015 AAU JO Games Feats of Strength champion and record-holder
  • 2014 AAU JO Games Combine champion and national record-holder
  • 2014 AAU JO Games Feats of Strength champion and record holder
  • 2014 AAU World Indoor Feats of Strength champion
  • 2013 AAU JO Games Combine champion and national record-holder

US Bobsled & Skeleton Federation

  • 2012, 2014 Skeleton driving school, Park City, Utah

Taekwondo

  • 2012 AAU Nationals – 3rd place
  • 2012 Sunshine State Games champion
  • 2012 AAU Carolinas state champion
  • 2011 AAU Junior Olympic games – 2nd place
  • 2011 Sunshine State Games champion
  • 2011 AAU Missouri Valley champion (sparring and forms)
  • 2010 – Earned Black belt
  • 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2010 Sunshine State Games champion
  • 2010 AAU Carolinas state champion
  • 2010 AAU Florida State champion
  • 2010 USA Taekwondo Florida State champion
  • 2009 AAU Junior Olympics Games champion
  • 2009 USA Taekwondo nationals – 2nd place
  • 2009 AAU Carolinas state champion
  • 2009 AAU Virginia State champion

Media Coverage

  • 2017 Featured on “Bodybuilding.com” website
  • 2016 Featured on “The Post Game” website
  • 2016 Featured on USA Today High School Sports website
  • 2016 Featured in the “Paradise Valley Independent”
  • 2016 Featured on KTAR Radio Phoenix
  • 2016 Featured in “Arcadia News”
  • 2016 Profiled KPHO Channel 3 & 5 “Good Morning Arizona” and “Varsity Zone”
  • 2015 Featured on USA Today High School Sports webpage
  • 2015 Profiled KNIX TV NBC Channel 12 Phoenix
  • 2015 Profiled in the ASU Cronkite School student documentary “Strings to Iron”
  • 2015 Profiled on the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation webpage
  • 2015 Featured in “Arcadia News”
  • 2014 Profiled on “The Real Winning Edge” nationally syndicated television program
  • 2013 Profiled in “The Catholic Mirror,” Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2012 Profiled in the “MacDill Thunderbolt” base newspaper, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa
  • 2011 Photo Feature in “Powerlifting USA” magazine
  • 2011 “Sports Illustrated Kids” Sportskid of the Month
  • 2010 Profiled in the “Tampa Tribune” newspaper
  • 2010 Featured on the nationally-syndicated television show “Daytime”

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