Pole vault coach earns national honor

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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