Thursday, March 7, 2013

Jon Cole, R.I.P.

Jon Cole getting ready to Press.

Jon Cole was one of the lifting heros of my youth. He was an amazing power athlete who excelled in a wide variety of events. Some of his marks are listed below. It is noteworthy that his olympic lifts were almost completely devoid of technique. They were basically very rough power snatches and cleans. He also was a pioneering strength and conditioning coach. One of the first in the NCAA. He was hired by legendary football coach Frank Kush at Arizona State  University to make the football players stronger and faster. ASU had a reputation as one of the fastest teams in the country back then. Jon was quite an intimidating figure and he had no problems with player compliance. No one claims that Jon was "clean" when these feats were performed. His prime was well before testing for PED's. Indeed he battled alcoholism and substance addiction throughout his life.  He died last week of lung failure at the age of 71.

1) Ran the 100 yard dash weighing 258 lbs in 9.9 at a sanctioned AAU event.
2) Threw a baseball 435 feet witnessed by Arizona State University Head Baseball coach.
3) Place kicked a football 68 yards witnessed by legendary Arizona State Univ Head Football coach Mr Frank Kush.
4) Owner of 62 National, American, and World Records.
Track & Field Records
1) Threw the Discus 231 feet
2) Tossed the Shot Put 71' 4"
3) Threw the Javelin 241 feet
Powerlifting Records*************
1) Squat 905
2) Bench Press 580
3) Deadlift 885
4) total 2370
5) First powerlifter to total over 2300 pounds
6) All lifts in powerlifting were performed raw with only ace bandages as knee wraps, an exercise belt, no power belt.
Olympic Lifting records********************
1) Military Press 430
2) Snatch 340
3) Clean & Jerk 430
4) Total 1,200 

Jon Cole deadlifting big. Notice the old  style Adidas throwing shoes.


  1. does any body know what took him at only 69.

  2. does any body know what took him at only 69.

  3. I heard lung cancer.

  4. This is what his wife reported---
    The following is the message received from Mary Cole:
    "I just want it to be known that I did not abandoned my husband Jon even though circumstances make it seem that way. We had nothing but each other when he died,(which is all you really need). We had no life insurance, and no family to help. I felt like I was paralyzed and still do. There are no words to describe how strong the love and the passion for each other was and still is. I see no future without him. We lost our house a few years prior; and, it wasn't long after Jon was put into the hospital, I lost what little bit we had left in storage, for non payment. The only income we had was his Social Security Check and since I am only 49, I do not get survival benefits, no income, no job, I had moved us out of the studio we were living in to be with him at the hospital and nursing home facility 24/7. Because,my home was where ever he was. I am living in our truck right now. My love for him has only gotten stronger which makes being apart even harder.

    My husband, Jon Frederic Cole, died on 11/29/2012 after I had the hospital take him off the life support that he had been on for 17 days. When he was rushed to the hospital on August 24, 2012, he went into Septic Shock. He fell victim to an antibiotic resistant blood infection. For three months he fought hard to not leave me and I experienced everything with he went through.

    For the 10 short years we were married, we were never apart. I was so fortunate to be able to go to work with him every day. He was a personal strength training Coach, he was my coach, that's how we met..Jon Had been into nutrition, strength and being healthy his entire life. Jon went to ASU on a Athletic Scholarship. Jon Cole was the first strength coach at ASU. He started their weight training program, writing programs for the Football Team Coached by Frank Kusch. He was an AAU Shot Put/ Discus Thrower and represented the United States while touring Europe. He owned and operated the first weight training facility in Scottsdale AZ. The Jon Cole Systems. And he competed in the very first Strongest Man competition along with Lou Ferrigno. Jon's portrait is in ASU'sAthletic Hall Of Fame.

    If you google Jon Cole Power lifter,(and I hope you do), you can read about some of the great things he has done.

    What can I do to have a nameplate put were his body is? I was going to have him cremated; Was he cremated or buried? Can someone please help me. Thank you

    SincerelyMary Joann.Cole (Wife)