John Scott Kendricks, a senior at Oxford High School, is following in the footsteps of his brother Sam Kendricks, who is considered one of the best pole vaulters in the world, winning two world titles and a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics. John Scott won the Class 6A state championship last spring and then captured a national title at the 2022 adidas Outdoor Nationals in June, signing with Arkansas in November. The comparisons to Sam are inevitable, but John Scott embraces them, using them as motivation to improve and set new records. On Saturday, at the LSU High School Classic, he set an indoor state record with a vault of 16 feet, 5.25 inches. The outdoor record of 17 feet is held by Sam, and that’s one of John Scott’s big goals for the outdoor season, which begins in February.

Scott Kendricks is a pole vault coach who has played a key role in the success of his son, John Scott. As a former track and field athlete and middle distance runner at Ole Miss, Kendricks became an expert in pole vaulting when his other son, Sam, showed interest in the discipline. With his guidance, John Scott has made significant strides in his pole vaulting career, jumping a personal-best of 16-9.5 at the Outdoor Nationals. Kendricks not only coaches his sons but also other pole vaulters, and his coaching is not just limited to his athletes’ physical training but also mental preparation and goal setting. Kendricks is a dedicated and experienced coach who has helped many athletes achieve success in pole vaulting.

Insights from Coach/Father Scott Kendricks.


From my perspective they’re totally different athletes but they have one thing in common. They’re both late bloomers. Coming out of high school, Sam had hardly ever jumped or trained indoors and was really weak overall. John Scott is the same. A pretty good athlete but still really weak compared to many of his peers and we have no indoor venue in the winter. Sam really blossomed his freshman year. An indoor venue in the winter and another year to grow and Sam went from 5-11 to 6’1”. Johnny is pretty much standing in the same boots. I hope he will blossom in the next 2 years like Sam did. I think the Coaches at Arkansas can really help him with strength and speed. Plus they’re Champions at Arkansas. Excellence everywhere you look. I hope that helps Johnny too.

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