Coach Jacob Sanders, founder of Sandstorm, already has over a decade of coaching experience under his belt. In his time at Sandstorm, he has helped coach athletes to 17 state championship wins in the pole vault, countless state medals, dozens of school records and several county records.
Prior to Sandstorm, Coach Sanders was the pole vault coach at Westminster High School where he helped 4 boys clear 13ft and win states medals as well as help multiple state medalist girls break the all-time county record. He was also the pole vault coach at York College of Pennsylvania where he coached the first conference champion in school history, helped 7 different men score at the conference championship within the same year and coached a new women's school record.
Coach Calvin Pitney has achieved an impressive 5.15m(16'11) PR and has nearly a dozen years of pole vault experience. As a high school athlete, he claimed the Howard County Record at 15'9, won the state championship 4 times and went through his entire last season undefeated. He then competed in NCAA D1 at University of Maryland where he cleared 5 meters several times. And he has even competed at the semi-pro level with Sandstorm, winning prizes & money at some of the regional pole vault competitions!
Coach Calvin came to Sandstorm with some prior club coaching experience and has been helping out at Sandstorm Vault for most of its existence.
Coach Jonathan Vasquez, PR 5m(16'5) and summer coach at Sandstorm, had one of the craziest improvement streaks we have ever seen. As a high school athlete, Jonathan vaulted for 1 season and cleared 11'9. Following high school, he had heart surgery for his pacemaker. Then he put his plan into action. Join Sandstorm and improve enough within 1 year to compete D1. And he did it! After many 4+ hour long practices and blistered hands, Jonathan improved to all the way to a height of 15'10 and started competing Oral Roberts University under the coaching of former world record holder Joe Dial! To this day, he bounces back and forth between Oklahoma during the school year and Maryland during the summers.
Coach Patrick Moore is known for saving Sandstorm Vault from Covid-19! When the gyms and schools we were using for training at the time became unavailable all at once, he was the man with the backyard pit that saved the day.
Coach Pat achieved a PR of 14ft in college. His daughter Sara was the highest middle school girl in Maryland pole vault history at 9'6. He has always been a massive help to Sandstorm Vault with everything from equipment logistics, to coaching several high jumpers on our squad to nationals, and making sure every vaulter gets their head back and stops staring at the bar!