Chris Johnson, pole vault coach for all six high schools in Lincoln Public Schools, has been named the winner of the Jeff Truman Memorial Summit-Ship, a national honor.
Johnson is a physical education teacher at Kooser Elementary School. In the early 1990’s, LPS had trouble finding qualified coaches for the pole vault event, which requires student-athletes to run with a long pole, place said pole in a hole in the ground, and vault themselves into the air clearing a bar anywhere from 6- to 15-feet in the air, or even higher for the best in the sport.
LPS decided to hire one coach – Johnson – to be the coach for all the schools in 1993. Since then, the sports has grown in popularity and two new high schools were added.
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