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Dave Ethier

Owner, Olympic Weightlifting Head Coach

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David grew up a multisport athlete, eventually settling into wrestling for his collegiate career. He later coached at the high school level while earning his postgrad degree. He began weightlifting in 2010 under coach Sauro Gardenal at the Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club in London, England. After three years, David moved to Providence, RI, and began coaching as well as competing. he has been the head coach of the Providence Barbell Club since 2014. He is a transplant from Tennessee and has been in love with the Ocean State since his first day here.

Coaching history

Over the course of the past decade, David has coached multiple athletes at regional, national, and international competition. Those who have trained under him have earned numerous local medals and team championships as well as American Open Series medals, National Masters medals, and most recently a Masters World Champion. He is proud of everyone who takes a chance on this sport, independent of competition accolades.

Weightlifting national event history

Senior National Meets

5 appearances between 2016-2020



2020 American Open Finals, 3rd place

Masters International Competition

7 appearances between 2018-2023







Masters National Championships

6 appearances between 2018-2023





2020 Best Overall Male 35 - 39


Team USA

Certificate, Level 2 Coach

North Carolina State University

Masters, English

Maryville College

Bachelors, English