At Utah Pole Vault Academy, our coaching philosophy is rooted in a commitment to providing the best possible opportunities for our athletes. Since our establishment in 2006, we've continually strived to become the best coaches we can be. Our journey towards coaching excellence has involved learning from some of the world's top coaching authorities, and we remain dedicated to further honing our coaching skills.
Our coaching staff has developed our coaching model over many years, drawing inspiration from the best coaches and athletes globally. Our staff's experience provides us the necessary tools to coach athletes of all levels including beginners, youth, high school, collegiate, elite and masters. Our model closely aligns with the foundational elements outlined in well known resources such as "From Beginner to Bubka" by Alan G Launder and John T Gormley as well as "The Pole Vault Toolbox" by Shawn Francis.
To guide our athletes, we break down the vault into its fundamental phases and help them build their technical skills from the ground up. These phases encompass four major components:
The Approach: A solid foundation for a successful vault starts with the proper approach and pole handling.
The Plant and Takeoff: Mastering the precise plant and takeoff is crucial for a successful vault.
The Swing and Connection: Achieving a seamless and powerful swing is key to reaching new heights.
The Top End: A flawless finishing turn and flyaway ensures success.
With this comprehensive approach, we empower our athletes to unlock their full potential and excel in the world of pole vaulting.
Meet the Coaches
Owner, President, & Head Coach
Kody has been coaching the pole vault since 2006 when a need for a coach arose and has honed his expertise by learning from the top coaches nationwide. As a former long time coach at Bingham High and a UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit coach, he has always been eager to share his vaulting wisdom with those in need. Kody established the Utah Pole Vault Academy to help support the sport in Utah and the surrounding regions. In 2015 Kody built his own indoor training facility, where UTPVA trains year-round. Kody pole vaulted in high school jumping 13'6" but later went on to jump an all time personal record of 14' in the masters division at the 2017 National Pole Vault Summit. He has coached countless State and Region champions, record holders, and much more.
Head Coach & Executive Director
Cameron has been an integral part of the UTPVA coaching staff since 2015. Outside of the club he has taught and coached at Copper Hills High (2015-2019), Herriman High (2022-Present) and he is a USATF certified official specializing in the pole vault. He holds a BS in applied physics and an MS in physics giving him an expert understanding of the physics of energy transfer seen in the vault. Cameron was first introduced to the pole vault in high school when his older brother, who vaulted, took him to the 2004 UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit. While at Vista high school in California Cameron jumped a personal best of 13'. Cameron loves the sport and being a coach.
Operations Manager & Coach
Devin has been coaching the pole vault at Riverton High since 2013 and started coaching at UTPVA in 2020. While in high school he had a personal best of 12'6" but considers jumping 10'6" while in a walking boot after breaking his ankle two weeks earlier a more impressive feat. During his time at Riverton, he has helped his vaulters rewrite the Utah record board. He is also a USATF certified official.
Paz began his pole vaulting journey back in 1984 at Big Sky High School in Missoula Montana. As a high school senior, he jumped 15'. He later ran track for Idaho State University and was coached under Dave Nielsen as a pole vaulter and decathlete, jumping 16'8". Paz has been coaching on and off since 1999 and joined the UTPVA coaching staff in 2018 while his daughter was training with the club. Paz loves coaching the vault and enjoys the opportunity to be a part of the club family and coach all the different levels. He believes the pole vault is truly an amazing sport that brings a unique blend of competition, camaraderie, and sportsmanship that is hard to match.
Coach and Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Anginae joined the UTPVA Staff in 2021 bringing a wealth of knowledge to the team as a certified personal trainer. She has been coaching the pole vault since 2018. Anginae jumped 13'6" at Clovis West high school winning the 2011 California State Championships. After high school Anginae went on to compete at the University of Oregon for a year before transferring to BYU where she jumped 14'1.25" for a new outdoor BYU school record in 2015.
Oliver began pole vaulting in high school under Tom Martin, the National High School Pole Vault Coach of the Year in 2013, achieving a personal best of 15'3" (4.65m). While competing, Oliver gained the ability to relate to other athletes and the process of going from first time touching a pole, to full inversion. Oliver began coaching for UTPVA in 2016 and enjoys helping athletes raise the bar.
Teralyn "T" Bach
T began vaulting for Cameron at Copper Hills High and with UTPVA. During high school she had a serious injury and was able to train hard in her recovery bouncing back with a PR of 11'. This challenge has inspired her to study exercise science and physical therapy at Utah Valley University. Her love for the sport led her to continue to vault with the club after high school and she joined the UTPVA coaching staff in 2020. She is also the current Copper Hills Coach.
Henry began vaulting at Woodbridge Senior high school in Northern Virginia with a personal best of 14'6" and later joined the UTPVA family to keep training when he moved to Utah for college and obtained his all time best of 15'1" (4.60m). He joined the UTPVA coaching staff in 2022.
Monday: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 8:30pm (Masters Clinic)
Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:00pm