Our diverse and
talented coaching staff aims to help every vaulter succeed.
With our club size and large number of coaches, each athlete
can expect lots of individual attention. Although a good vaulter
does not necessarily make a good coach and the converse, our
coaching staff together have a huge range of experience and
expertise to help all levels of vaulters. We include a world
level pole vaulter, two DIII All-Americans, a new coach already
with four All-American honors for his athletes, and a vaulter
who has gone from distance running to a PR of 14' 3"
in 4 years.
As a staff, we
have already shown our success in a varied range, from introducing
the even to vaulter who clears 10' 6" in her first year
to helping a veteran vaulter improve her PR by 10" in
a season. We believe that any vaulter, regardless of talent
or level, can make huge improvements by pursuing a fundamental
model of the pole vault and striving for a deeper understanding
of the event. Meet out staff:
Barragán graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 with a degree in
mechanical engineering and another in EECS. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he cleared
14' 9" (4.50 m) his senior year. After coaching for the
last month of his senior year, Patrick took the reigns of
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology vault coach.
In his first year,
all of his athletes improved by an average of 1 foot, the
largest being 2' 3". He has also coached 2 two-time All-Americans
between the 2009 indoor and outdoor seasons.In
addition, Patrick has taught the event from scratch to a female
Massachusetts Institute of Technology athlete who cleared 10' 6" in her first season competing
in the event.
the Tech Pole Vault Club. Contact him at <mitpvc
at gmail dot com>.
Barbaud is a world class French pole vaulter. He cleared his
personal best of 18' 10" (5.75 m) outdoors in 2003. His
indoor PR, also acheived in 2003, is 18' 4.5" (5.60 m).
Alex began pole
vaulting in 1995. Eight years later in 2003, he qualified
for World Championships in Paris. Alex has jumped with the
greatest vaulters in the world.
Alex is visitng
the United States with his wife and child while his wife works
at Tufts University. Alex is excited to help coach at the
club, and you may even get to see him jump. Click here
for more information.
Ball graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 with a BS in mechanical engineering
and again in 2007 with a MS in the same field. While at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Nate cleared 16' 9" (5.10 m) to set a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology school
record. In his time, Nate competed at the DIII National Championship
many times and achieved All-American Honors twice with a highest
finish of 4th in the nation.
In graduate school,
Nate began coaching the vault at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his two years coaching,
his athletes improved tremendously with one increasing his
personal best by 2' 3". Ball also taught the event from
scratch to a female Massachusetts Institute of Technology athlete who cleared 9' 6" in
her first year competing in the event.
Nate works full
time as the Chief Technical Officer of Atlas
Devices, a company that he founded with collegues in 2004.
He also hosts a PBS show Design
Squad that aims to introduce children to engineering and
stimulate their interest in the subject. He still vaults in
his spare time.
Hwang graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 with a degree in EECS. While
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she improved from 10' coming in to a personal best
and Massachusetts Institute of Technology school record of 12' 7.5" (3.85 m) her senior
competed at the DIII National Championships three times, receiving
All-American honors twice with a highest finish of 4th place.
Emily now works
as a software engineer at Next Jump Inc. in Cambridge, Ma.
In her off time, she plans to continue to train her technique
to fully utilize the 14' poles she has previously jumped on
and significantly improve her PR.
Sharpe graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in mechanical engineering.
Nate started his Massachusetts Institute of Technology athletic career as a distance runner,
running his freshman season of cross country. In high school,
he ran a 4:32 mile.
At the beginning
of the indoor track season, Nate was asked to transition over
to the vault because of his previous circus
experience. Although his body had been trained almost in opposition
to the traits needed for the vault, he used hard work, a deep
technical knowledge of the event, and impeccable form to clear
14' 3" (4.35 m) during his indoor season senior year.
when he tore the ligaments in his left thumb during an indoor
practice. However, with the same work ethic that got him where
he was then, Nate continued to train with one arm and even
in his first outdoor meet with one hand where he nearly cleared
the opening height of 11'. Getting the use of his other hand
back during the outdoor season, Nate bounced back quickly
and cleared 14' 3" again at the New England DIII Championship
Marshall Scholarship, Nate will attend Cambridge University
in Cambridge, England next year. In his free time, he and
his brother perform as one of the best diabolo
juggling teams in the world. Besides performing at Fanuiel
Hall all summer, Nate is excited to bring the knowledge of
the vault that led to his success to the Tech Pole Vault Club