Club Tryouts

Pole vaulting is a very rewarding and exciting sport.   If you try it, you will get hooked!  Dont let this sport scare you!  It is really like anything..the more you do it, the easier it gets.  We start off really basic and over time we get to we start jumping over a bar.  I only go as fast as your athlete is able to go.      

What makes a good pole-vaulter?

Pole vaulting  is a great sport for any focused and driven athletes of any age with decent coordination.  Gymnasts make great pole-vaulters, but a pole vaulter doesn't have to have any gymanstics background.  I can teach most anyone to pole-vault, it is up to them how far they want to take it!

How often do you train?

We pole-vault train 2x/week but if your schedule does not permit that, you can go 1x/week.  I also encourage all athletes to do weight training 2x/week and also go to a gymnastics class 1x/week.  Now I realize you may not be able to get your child to everything, so I work with you to make the training schedule that works with your schedule!

What kind of workouts do you do?

We do weight training, sprint training, gymnastic training, and of course pole vaulting exercises.  I coach athletes to be good at pole vaulting, but he/she will learn things that will carry over to any sport.  

What else do you learn in pole-vaulting?

I try to teach the athletes how to get the most out of themselves.  I teach them not just what to do, but how you have to think in order to get better.   I demand that they get the most out of themselves and they will see, by example of the older athletes, what it takes to get better at somthing.  What they learn here will carry over to all aspects of their lives!  

Who do I coach?

I have coached a bunch of middle/high school athltes  who just want to learn another sport.  I have coached on and off for the last 20 years.  I also coach post-collegiate men/women training to be Olympians.  I coached Kelsie Ahbe (Canada),  at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.  I also coached Mark Hollis and Melissa Gergel who both competed at the 2016 USA Olympic Trials.

Can the athlete get a scholarship in pole-vaulting?

For sure!  I realize an investement is made when you bring your child to me, so I coach them as if they will will get a scholarship to pole-vault in college…whether they know it or not!   It is often easier to get a scholarship in pole-vaulting than it is in other sports.


So, Below is the information on when the tryouts are!

Place:                   Gymtek, 5331 Western Ave, Knoxville, Tn. 37931

What to Bring:    Running Shoes, Training clothes, water

Cost for Tryout:   FREE


1)Fill out the Registration form below 

2)Click HERE to sign waiver, only take a minute!

3)Then you are Done!  Just show up day of tryouts!