Rick is the USATF NW Director of Pole Vault Development. He has coached 87 state high school champions in a 37 year span in both Oregon and Washington. His vaulters have held both the Male National High School Record (Tommy Skipper 18’3”) and Female National Indoor Record (Sara Sasaki 12’8”).
Rick has spoken at many seminars and clinics throughout the USA and many at his home training facility in Oregon City. He was named the 2001 National Community College Coach of the Year and 2003 Club Coach of the Year for USATF-Oregon. He was Inducted into the Clackamas Community College Hall of Fame in 2019.
Rick uses an athletic and holistic approach so the development is age appropriate for the various athletes he works with. Rick is by far the most influential coach in the Northwest today! The Willamette Striders Training Facility is the place to be if you are interested in becoming a successful Pole Vaulter.
NJCAA Pole Vault Record Holder
NJCAA Hall of Fame
NCAA DI National Champion and Runner-up
University of Kansas School Record Holder
University of Kansas Hall of Fame
Coach at Silverton High School and ex vaulter at Clackamas Community College. Personal Best of 12'9 1/4"
willamette striders track club
87 STATE CHAMPIONS, 2 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RECORDS, 8 NCAA and NAIA COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONS