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Vertical Assault is a progressive program designed to benefit both beginning and accomplished pole vaulters.Through a pole and run progression, you’ll learn our series of vault drills adopted from the nation’s best coaches, which leads to safe and consistent higher vaulting.

 Coach Mike is a certified USATF coach with over 20 years of experience. Named US High School Coach of the Year, he has worked extensively with some of the nation’s best coaches and athletes including, most recently, several California State Championship qualifiers.

Among his stable of accomplishments are:

  • 14 HS National Champions

  • 4 US Olympic Development Vaulters

  • 2 Former US H.S.Record Holders

  • 18 US H.S All-Americans

  • 25 PA State Champions since 2001

  • 21 NJ State Group Champions since 2001

  • 10 NJ Boys and Girls Meet of Champions winners

  • NCAA D-1 All Americans (2)

  • NCAA D-III National Champions & 2x Record Holder(4)

Vertical Assault Pole Vaulting Club began in 1996, serving the east coast's vaulters across PA, NJ, and NY, and still operating full service facilities on the east coast, serving hundreds of athletes in the tri-state area. Head Coach Mike recently moved to the California bay area, and is leading west-coast operations based in Sunnyvale, CA.

What some happy students (and parents!) say:  

"I've improved more than 2 feet this track season thanks to the deep technical expertise of Vertical Assault.  I'm now the school record holder!  Thank you!"


- High School Sophomore

"My vault is so much better and consistent since coming to Vertical Assault -  and  I now understand how to make adjustments to stay safe -  the training really does work!"


- High School Junior

"Having access to coaching and equipment has made a huge difference for me - the progression and practice work has made me a better athlete and vaulter.  I love the friendships I have formed with other vaulters at practice too!  We help each other at meets."


- High School Senior!

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