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Masters resigns as S&T track assistant

Every few years the Missouri S&T track and field team brings in a quality assistant coach who specializes in the pole vault.

And, after helping add to the Miner program’s success, that assistant leaves for a quality new position.

It’s happened again.

Brandon Masters has recently resigned his S&T assistant track coaching position to accept the head coaching job at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs – like S&T a NCAA Division II athletic program.

Masters served as Miner track assistant under head coach Sterling Martin the past three school years.

He will be returning to Colorado Springs. Prior to coming to Rolla, Masters was an assistant coach at that school for four years.

Masters was also himself a three-time All-America pole vaulter at Emporia State.

He successfully helped keep the S&T track program churning out outstanding men and women pole vaulters in his three years here, as well as coaching other conference- and national-placing athletes.

In 2014-15 the program’s top pole vaulter was freshman Lucas Rosenbaum, the GLVC Indoor men’s pole vault champion and outdoor league runner-up who ended up placing 12th in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in May.

Over the past several years S&T has sent a slew of pole vaulters to the indoor and outdoor nationals, including J.R. Skola, Jordan Henry, Lucas Handley, Peter Hollenbeck, Jared Anders, Dan Hellwig, Ryan McGuire, Cody Durand, Taylor Cipicchio and, most recently, Rosenbaum.

“We’ve been fortunate to get quality assistants in here – each with their own way of doing things and each relating well with kids,” said Martin, who is the GLVCs’s two-time defending Outdoor Track Coach of the Year after leading the Miners to a second-straight conference outdoor men’s team title this past spring. “And when we look for an assistant (pole vault expertise) is one of the key areas we look at, as well as someone who is comfortable coaching a number of kids – 30 or 40 kids. And it’s our hope that the next assistant has expertise in the pole vault.

“This is a good opportunity for Brandon and his family. I have no doubt he’ll do an excellent job for Colorado Springs.”

According to S&T Sports Information Director John Kean, the search has begun for the school’s new track assistant.

FROM: http://www.therolladailynews.com/article/20150804/SPORTS/150809718

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