LONDON – University of New Orleans head track and field coach Ty Sevin is participating in the 2012 London Olympic Games as a member of the United States track and field coaching staff.
Sevin is coaching two athletes – Kara Patterson (javelin) and Brad Walker (pole vault) – who are competing during the second week of the Games. The new UNO head coach will share several of his experiences over the next few days to give fans of the Privateer athletic program a taste of the Olympic Games.
For more information on the track and field program, contact Sevin at or fill out a prospective student-athlete questionnaire.
Walker Advances to Olympic Final – August 8, 2012 I am glad to report that American Pole Vault Record holder Brad Walker easily qualified for the Olympic final this morning.  That isn’t to say that it was completely uneventful however.  Brad found himself with two misses at 18 feet with only one attempt left.  One more miss at this height and his dream of being an Olympic Champion would have to wait another four years. Needless to say I was on the edge of my seat awaiting his final attempt.  There was no doubt in my mind of his capabilities to clear the bar, but this is the Olympic Games.  Good run, good plant and over he went.  Part one done, now let’s get ready to clear the next bar.  The bar was then set to 18’4″ for his next attempt.  The best jump of the day and he cleared it by a mile.  This clearance earned Brad a spot in the final with 13 of the best vaulters in the world all fighting for the title of Olympic Champion.  We have the rest of the day to unwind before the finals on Friday night. Now it is down to focusing on the process and hoping you bring your best when it counts.  More to come. Go USA!!!


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