Olympic Quest / Lone Star Pole Vaulting

Coaches - Kyle Ellis

Kyle Ellis
Associate Head Pole Vault Coach with Dana Pollack, Belton, December 2016

Kyle is a native of Oklahoma City but has spent the last 10+ years up north building pole vault powerhouses at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) and the University of Wisconsin. Himself a retired 17'6 vaulter and former school record holder at EIU, Kyle stayed on at his alma mater to become the vault and jumps coach and produced 2 18'0+ male vaulters and one 14'7 female vaulter, no small accomplishment, especially at a university that practically nobody has heard of and didn't have the means to recruit in blue-chip high school superstars. One of his female vaulters came into his program as a 9'0 high school vaulter and eventually jumped 13'0 in 3 short years. That kind of improvement in college is generally unheard of.

In addition to coaching the pole vault, Ellis also coached the Eastern Illinois long jumpers and triple jumpers. He coached 27 Ohio Valley Conference Champions during his time at Eastern Illinois. During the 2014 campaign he coached Peter Geraghty to first-team All-American honors, placing 4th at the NCAA Outdoor National Championship. Geraghty set a school record in the pole vault with a height of 18'2.75 and went on to place 4th at the US National Championships clearing 18'0.5. During his tenure at EIU Ellis's accomplishments also included a podium sweep of the men's triple jump at the OVC Indoor Championships in 2011. His pole vaulters swept the podium in 2011, 2013, and culminated with a men's and women's podium sweep in 2014. Ellis coached the pole vault and horizontal jumpers to 39 Eastern Illinois top ten performances and set eight school records in the pole vault. In 2012, Jade Riebold earned OVC Female Field Athlete of the Year honors in both indoor and outdoor track as she set both the EIU and OVC record for the event with a performance of 14'7.25". Riebold went on to become the first EIU women's athlete to earn NCAA Division I All-American honors earning second team honors in both indoor and outdoor pole vault. Riebold would earn a spot at the Olympic Trials.

On the men's side the pole vault crew sent Mick Viken to the NCAA Outdoor National Championships where he earned second team All-American honors. In 2014 Ellis coached Jalisa Paramore to #2 on the all-time list with a jump of 20'3.75" in the long jump. In 2011 he coached Viken to the OVC Freshman of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor track seasons.

Ellis was a standout in the pole vault during his two year career at EIU. He set the school record for the indoor pole vault at 17'1" which was broken in 2011. He currently ranks 3rd on the EIU career list for indoor pole vault. A native of Oklahoma City, Ellis was an All-OVC performer and a 2009 graduate of EIU with a BA in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Kinesiology.

Whilst building his college programs, Kyle also built a club program on the side which produced 6 High School State Champions.

One last fun fact about Kyle is that he is a professional disc golf player in his free time. Kyle just moved to New Braunfels last week and we hope to keep him around for a long time as his knowledge and experience combined with my own will help propel each and every vaulter in our club to the pinnacle of their ability.