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Flight Deck Coach / Former University of Minnesota Vault Coach
Steve coached the University of Minnesota Men's Pole Vault 11-years, St. John's & St Ben's 5-years, Tech High School 3-years, Armstrong High School 5-years, and University of St Thomas 1-year. Steve began vaulting in 7th grade. While at St Louis Park high school Steve placed 7th at state twice and had a PR jump of 14'. Steve earned All-American honors twice while at North Central College in Illinois. An advocate for girls in sports; Steve co-lead the original movement that led to girls getting to pole vault in Minnesota. Steve coached the first girls' State Champion in the event; the first MN girl to clear 11'. At the UofM, Steve coached athletes to 13 Big 10 conference titles, 9 All-American performances, 2 Olympic Trials Qualifiers, and 1 NCAA Champion. Some of these athletes include Moorhead native Brock Spandl (17'3, 2010 D1-All-American), Jack Szmanda (17'5, 2010 D1-All-American), Ben Peterson (18'0 PR, 2011 D1-NCAA All-American and National runner-up), Zach Siegmeier (18'1 PR, 2014 D1-All-American), Luca Wieland (2015 Indoor Heptathlon NCAA CHAMPION 16'5 PR). Now in his 28th year in education, Steve is the Assistant Principal at Minneapolis North. Steve is USATF certified Level 1, level 2 jumps, level 2 endurance, and a certified coaches-education instructor. Steve has a lifetime PR jump of 17'4, cleared 16'+ for 16-years in a row, and was the 2012 & 2021 USA Masters Outdoor Champion. Now at age 51, Steve is currently 14th on the World Masters 50-54 All-time list with a jump of 14'6. Contact Steve with questions (763-458-2932) or (firstname.lastname@example.org).