It is with great sadness to share with the weightlifting community the passing of USA Weightlifting Hall of Famer Harvey Newton. Newton was the former USA Weightlifting Executive Director (1982-1988), Olympic Team Coach (1984), Olympic Technical Official (1988), the first National Team and Resident Coach at the United States Olympic Training Center (1981-1984), National Strength and Conditioning Association Executive Director (1995-1999), and editor-in-chief of the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Strength and Conditioning Journal (1993-1997).
Harvey was a decorated Marine and received a Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. He held a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado. Additionally, Newton was formerly a USA Cycling Level 2 Coach, USA Volleyball Master Instructor, and USA Weightlifting Senior International Coach and held the National Strength and Conditioning Associations Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS).
Newton owned Newton Sports and most recently served as the Executive Director of Weightlifting for SportsEdTV, sharing his technical expertise with coaches worldwide. He learned his teaching methodology as an evidence-based practitioner from his mentor Carl Miller.
Newton was a well-respected figure in the weightlifting community, and his contributions and impact on the sport will not be forgotten. We extend our deepest sympathies to Harvey's family, friends, athletes, and colleagues. Harvey will be dearly missed, but his legacy will live on through the lives he impacted and the work he accomplished.