Brad Walker is an acclaimed pole vaulter, recognized as one of the best in the world during his heyday.

Now the Spokane native has been acknowledged for his coaching.

Walker was named the 2022 USA Track & Field Nike Coach of the Year last week after seeing two of his protégés battle for gold at the top of the world in women’s pole vaulting.

Katie Nageotte, who Walker started coaching in 2018 while he was an assistant coach at Washington State University and she was a volunteer assistant for the Cougars, and Sandi Morris, who Walker took under his wings in 2020, staged an epic duel during the year.

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