Temecula, California – August 26, 2014 – Filling the void at the Olympic Training Center will bring excitement and expertise to the Combined Events/Vertical Jumps by hiring Coach Kris Mack from the University of Cincinnati.
Kris Mack is no stranger to the pole vaulting community and has a history coaching six seasons at Stanford prior to making his way to the coaching staff at Cincinnati.
“During his time in Palo Alto, Calif., Mack had five athletes qualify for an NCAA Championship and coached them to a combined eight All-America honors. Pole vaulter Graeme Hoste is Mack’s most decorated protégé qualifying for the NCAA Championships five times, earning three All-America honors and breaking the indoor school record held by 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist, Toby Stevenson with a vault of 18’5. Mack also mentored Josh Hustedt to 2 all-american honors including NCAA runner-up in the indoor heptathlon. He also coached Whitney Liehr to two All-America honors in just her second season at Stanford.”
Mack was a 17’ 4” pole vaulter on the Cal Poly –San Luis Obispo track team, so he’s familiar with the workings of the pole vaulting community. With the type of success that Mack has had at Cincinnati, the Olympic Training Center will be a great fit.
Over his 5 years, mentoring the men and women jumpers, Mack has established Cincinnati as one of the strongest pole vaulting programs in the country. He mentored a pair of All-Americans in MacKenzie Fields and Josh Dangel while also helping his vaulters snatch seven combined BIG EAST crowns (Fields, Rasnick, Eby, Dangel), one American Athletic Conference title (McBride), one Drake Relays title (Fields), 3 stadium records, 2 conference records and 5 school records.
After a huge void left by Stacy Dragila when she moved to Idaho, the center was looking for a way to bring the sport of pole vaulting back to the San Diego area. USATF and the Olympic Training Center are both hoping that this move will bring back excitement and pole vaulters back to the center.