AKRON, Ohio – For the first time, The University of Akron track and field program will host a Pole Vault Convention at Stile Athletics Field House from January 4-5, 2013, head coach Dennis Mitchell announced Thursday.
The event is designed to be an all-inclusive pole vault experience for athletes, coaches and parents and will feature classroom sessions, learn-by-doing clinics, and competitions. Instructors will include world-class coaches and vaulters, in addition to top collegiate and club coaches from the region.
Additionally, several manufacturers of both pole vault equipment and poles will be on-hand to display their products and provide a unique opportunity to have hands-on experience with goods and merchandise that typically can only be seen in a catalog.
The University of Akron is considered by many to be “Pole Vault Heaven” as well as The Summit of Track & Field.
The open atmosphere of the convention will allow participants to choose to attend sessions that are most intriguing to their personal interests. The clinicians will offer their specialized perspective about how to get athletes to follow the ideal pole vaulting model in addition to seminars about injury prevention and other ways to take performances to greater heights.
The Pole Vault Convention is the vision of Coach Mitchell, who has coached 64 All-American honors during his career, including All-Americans in the Pole Vault at the University of Texas, University of North Carolina, and Akron.
During his 18 years at Akron, Mitchell has won 17 Mid-American Conference Team Championships and been named the MAC Coach of the year 16 times. Furthermore, Coach Mitchell’s athletes have established the MAC All-Time Records in Indoor & Outdoor Men’s & Women’s Pole Vault.
In 2012, his vaulters went 1-2-3 in the men’s pole vault at the Indoor MAC Championships for the second year in a row and finished 1-2 in the men’s and women’s pole vault at the Outdoor MAC Championships. Coach Mitchell is also a regular instructor at USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Clinic at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
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