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.
Ally Wojciechowski has been a high school pole vault coach for the past 9 years, taking athletes to state in 7 of those seasons. She pole vaulted at Lakeridge High School where she still holds the school record of 12’3”. Coach Woj vaulted at Willamette Striders under Rick Baggett while in high school. She took 3rd in State her junior year and 2nd in State her senior year before going on to pole vault at the University of Washington under Pat Licari.
When not coaching, Ally writes math curriculum and serves as an education consultant for EdGems Math. She worked as a high school math teacher for 7 years.
Coach Woj largely owes her coaching style to both Baggett and Licari. Without their coaching while she was an athlete and mentoring while coaching herself, she would not have the skills, abilities, and enjoyment for coaching that she has today.
Coach at Silverton High School and ex vaulter at Clackamas Community College. Personal Best of 12'9 1/4"