Coach Scott Kendricks
Scott Kendricks has been an avid runner and track fan his entire life. Starting in high school, Scott was a self-coached decathlete and runner who ended up as a minor member of the Ole Miss Track and Field team between 1979 to 1983. After graduation, Kendricks served for 10 years as a light attack reconnaissance pilot in the United States Marines. Kendricks served in numerous countries overseas and left the service at the rank of Captain. After returning to Ole Miss in 1993 for additional courses, Kendricks became certified as a high school history teacher, served as a small-town police officer and ran his own small business as a blacksmith, horse shoer and riding instructor. Kendricks began teaching and coaching track and field in 1999 at Oxford High School and ran a program that would win 11 State Championships in 14 years. During that time, Kendricks produced some of the top high school sprinters, high jumpers, relay teams and pole vaulters in the nation.
Kendricks began working with his son Sam in their favorite event, when Sam was in 7th grade. During those early years, Sam produced a high school best for the State of Mississippi of 17' which still stands today. While at Ole Miss the duo of "Coach K" and Sam won the NCAA Outdoor pole vault 2 times, The World University Games, the USATF Outdoor Pole Vault Championship. Sam had a collegiate best mark of 19'3/4". Hoping to compete against the best in the world before the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games, the duo decided to step out of the NCAA one year early. In the first few months as a professional with Nike, Sam has won the USATF Indoor Championship and posted some of the highest marks in the world at 19', 19'1" and 19'3". Sam repeated as USA Outdoor Champion in 2015 and qualified for the World Championships.
The duo continued to follow the "European model" of Coach and Athlete traveling and competing together and their work produced a World Indoor Silver and an Olympic Bronze Medal in 2016 plus some of the highest jumps in the world.
Coach Kendricks is a retired teacher, horseman and hunter in Oxford, MS where he lives with his family. Coach Kendricks does not have a club or private pole vault facility in Oxford. He prefers to work with Sam at the local high school during good weather and inside the Ole Miss Manning Center during the winter. Coach Kendricks also volunteers his time as coach to a few local high school pole vaulters.
Coach Scott Kendricks is available for Coach's Clinics, seminars and pole vault technical clinics at: firstname.lastname@example.org