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"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

- John Wooden -
The 2015 Presenters are yet to be determined:

Below is a list of Featured Presentations from last year 2014:
Bob Fraley- For 28 Years Bob Fraley led the Fresno State Track and Field team as Head Coach - never wavering on the importance of balancing athletics with class-work and philanthropy, and always demanded excellence on and off the track. The Fresno State track team has won countless conference championships, all American awards, and National Champions while also being recognized for its contributions to the Fresno community. In addition to his helm at Fresno State, Bob Fraley is most notably distinguished for recognizing a need for Pole Vault development and creating the National Pole Vault Summit in partnership with Steve Chappell and Lane Maestretti at UCS/Spirit. As the event has grown, he has again not waivered in the core values of pole vault development encouraging, engaging, educating and inspiring the next generation of pole vaulters, and coaches. This year Coach Fraley will present on the importance of role models in todays sports culture.

Erica Bartolina- Erica epitomizes the power of tenacity, will, and determination to overcome. As a young girl, she dreamt to be an Olympian, which seemed impossible after losing her eyesight in one eye affecting her depth perception for life. Her sporting options appeared grim until her high school coach encouraged her to try Pole Vaulting instead of distance running. This proved to be a good move as she earned a scholarship to be the first ever female pole vaulter at Texas A & M University. In 2004 she was fourth at the Olympic trials, missing the US Olympic Team selection by one place. Never giving up hope and she worked the next four years even harder and smarter, eventually finished her vaulting career with a Personal Best of 4.55m (14' 11") and earning a place for Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Now she owns and operates Bartolina Athletics Pole Vault Club in Southeast Louisiana. Erica will present on effective strategies for maximizing pole vault practice.

Derek Miles- With a Personal Best of 5.85m (19' 2 1/4"), Derek ranked as one of the most consistent vaulters in the World at a very high level. He is a three time Olympian, finishing 4th in 2008 - and a six time World Championship team member. A versatile NCAA Division II collegiate athlete, he also competed in the hurdles, long jump, triple jump and in the decathlon while competing for the University of South Dakota. During his international Pole Vault career, Derek remained grounded by coaching the vaulters at the University of South Dakota and completing his Masters degree in Athletic Administration. Since retiring as an athlete and focusing more on coaching, he proves bright coaching future, with 4 University of South Dakota girls ranked in the top 30 and one being the 2013 Outdoor NCAA Champion. Derek will layout 7 Keys to pole vault success at this years Pole Vault Summit.

Coaches Group:
We have re-structured the summit presentation sessions to create a more intimate setting with greater access.  The new conversational style Breakout Sessions for coaches is designed to give you the opportunity to seek the tools you need to meet any coaching challenge. Whether it be coaching a beginner, Pole Vault technique at advanced levels, training theory, college recruiting process, athlete management, dealing with the administrative parts of coaching, or something else; the breakout sessions provide a forum for you to engage in the discussion. We are thrilled to offer a diverse group of speakers with over 125 combined years of coaching experience.
  • Bobby Low M.S., Ed.Sp. - Finishing his doctorate in Sport Psychology at the University of Missouri, Bobby was an 18' + vaulter himself. Booby's focus of study is in the power of focus and maintaining a positive environment to achieve high performance. This area of Sport Psychology applies to a broad range of athletics but transcends to building the foundation for successful life skills. We are fortunate for Bobby to offer a glimpse into this often forgotten part of a successful career.
  • Alan Richardson - Former National Pole Vault Coach for UK Athletics, Alan played an instrumental part in developing a successful Nation wide pole vault coach mentorship program. This program has lead to the development and growth of Pole Vaulting in the UK, resulting in 2 Olympic finalist in 2012, the World Youth Champion in 2013, and the development of a small country's impact on International performance. Alan is now British Athletics Event Group Lead for Jumps and Combined Events.
  • Kris Mack:  Kris Mack: Head Coach Men's Track and Field / Cross Country at the University of Cincinnati. With a Master's in Biomechanics Kris's daily coaching focus is on all the jumps at UC with specific experience and interest in the Pole Vault. He has a broad coaching experience coaching athletes to multiple NCAA All American Awards and NCAA Champion in an array of track and field events and brings a unique perspective to the Pole Vault Summit. He is a valuable addition to our team.
  • Jeff Guy: Founder and director of the Ultimate High vault club in the Phoenix, AZ area as well as the vault coach at Desert Vista High School. He develops multiple 12’ plus girls and 15’ plus boys on a year to year basis. Selected as the National High School Coach of the Year in 2000.
  • Dason Phelps: A product of the Junior College system, Dason still holds the Junior College National Pole Vault Record and remains as the only Junior College athlete ever to vault 18'. Dason has been coaching vaulters for over 12 years, highlighted by an Arizona High School State Champion, before taking a position at the University of Mary in North Dakota where he is building the pole vault program.     Link

Open / College / Masters Open Athlete Forum: 

It will be worth your while!  Bringing a stronger focus to this group we are expanding on the Athlete Panel Discussion to widen your opportunity for interaction with top vaulters who have achieved the highest level of competition. Shoot the breeze with Olympic and World Champions, American or World Record Holders; get tips on training, nutrition, mental preparation - learn their stories. This session has been created for you to learn from the experience of the best in the World.  Led by Olympic Champion Tim Mack, this focus group will bring in top level athletes topics that matter specifically to you.    Link

Summit Coaching Staff for Learn by doing sessions:
The success of the National Pole Vault Summit has been driven by the hands on learning and activity sessions lead by the best pole vault staff in the world.  Dedicated to safe vaulting principles, and developmental skills in an encoraging and positive environment the pole vault summit staff is commited to advancing a responsible Pole Vault culture.  Below is a short bio of many memebers.

Todd Lehman: In charge of our teaching sessions at the summit. Coach at Paradise Valley Junior College, coached both men’s and women’s record holders for junior colleges and numerous national champions. Co-director of the Sky Athletics clubs and camps.

Tom Hays:
Asst Coach at Kansas, currently coaching Jordan Scott and former coach of top rated NCAA vaulters including former champion Andrea Dutoit.

Jim Bemiller:
Former coach at the Univ of Tennessee who guided Tim Mack to the 2004 Olympic Gold and Lawrence Johnson to the 2000 Olympic silver. Arguably the most successful coach on U.S. collegiate history.

Cranston Hysong:
Long time high school coach in Arizona, developed six 16’ vaullters including his son Nick who jumped 17’4” in high school and went on to win Olympic Gold in 2000.

Peter McGinnis:
Well known as our leading bio-mechanics expert for the vault but also a long time coach at Cortland State University in New York.

Brooks Morris:
One of our most enthusiastic and active young coaches. Works with all ability levels of vaulters in the Los Angeles metro area. Son of 1960 Olympic silver medal winner Ron Morris.

Dave Nielsen:
Head coach at Idaho State University. Consistently one of the top vault programs in the U.S. for over 20 years. Dave is well known for developing and guiding Stacy Dragila to the 2000 Olympic Gold.

Scott Steffan: Asst: coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy. In his years at Air force and at New Mexico Scottie has developed multiple 18’ male vaulters. His enthusiasm and energy are well known by his athletes and his peers.

Robert Tilly:
Runs the highly successful Pure Sky vaulting club in the Las Vegas area. He works tirelessly to keep the vault alive and well in Nevada.

Mark Vanderville:
Former coach at the Univ of Oregon and currently working with high school athletes in the Eugene area. His pupils have included Tommy Skipper as a 19’ vaulter at the Uof O and J.J. Julifs as a 17’ plus high school vaulter.

Roy Willits/Jen Crossiant: Currently serve as directors of the Intermediate group at the summit. Founders and co-directors of the Pole Pilots vault club in Tucson, AZ. Roy and Jen work out of their back yard promoting and developing local high school and masters level vaulters. Their athletes have gone on to great success at the collegiate level.

Mark Brown: Our director for the beginners program at the Reno Summit. Mark is a former national class gymnast who fell in love with the vault. His ability to work with young people is amazing and along with his staff help introduce our beginners to event. He is a valued member of the Sky Athletics coaching staff for their winter and summer camps.

David Butler: Long time vault coach at Rice University and one of our leading historians of the event. David has traveled around the world gathering knowledge and developing contacts. His pupils include NCAA champion Jason Colwick.

Anthony Curran: Long time and highly successful coach at UCLA and a former world class vaulter. Anthony is one of the truly “good guys” in our sport and attracts many of the top athletes to his program with his knowledge and enthusiasim.

Greg Duplantis:
The former world class vaulter from LSU has become a passionate coach in the Baton Rouge area. His love of the event has drawn his whole family into the event and it is a pleasure to see the success they all share.

Reg Hulbert: Reg has served as a volunteer coach in the Spokane area for years, working around his real job as an airline pilot. Reg has guided many successful 16’ plus high school vaulters and introduced American record holder Brad Walker to the event.

Jenni Ashcroft: Currently serves as the vault coach at Cal Poly SLO and the former coach at the Univ of Oregon where among others she guided Melissa Gergel to All-American status.

Scott Huffman:
Scott is a former American record holder who was best known for his unique clearance style dubbed the "Huffman Roll" as he looked more like a high jumper than a vaulter. Scott has recently returned to a more active role in the vault and his energy and enthusiasm are a great addition to the summit staff.

Darrin Bryant:
A long time club and high school coach and official in the Kansas City area. Darrin has spent years working alongside some of the top coaches in the country as he developed his own positive and successful coaching style.

Matt Hull:
Currently coaching at the high school level in New Mexico where he has developed numerous State champions for both boys and girls. Has coached for Sky Athletics for a number of years and grew up learning from some of the top coaches and vaulters in the world.

Nick Paramo:
A top young high school coach from the central valley of California. Nick has worked at the summit for years and always gets great reviews from his co-workers. Nicks high school athletes have had excellent success in California state meet competition the last few years.

Rob Wahl: Rob has been a fixture at the summit for the past decade plus. He works in the vault in many areas in the Pennsylvania area and is one of the top advocates for education and safety in the event.

Dan Wilkerson: Dan is a relative newcomer to the summit staff. He coaches in the South Bend area with collegiate athletes and has been guiding Mary Saxer to some world class performances the last few years.  Top

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