MAC Vault Academy is proud to be the only Pole Vault Team with ALL of our coaches actively competing in Olympic qualifiers and Masters Pole Vault Competitions.
Brad McFarling- Brad is the proud founder of MAC Vault Academy. He pole vaulted at Texas A&M University and continues to compete in national and world masters competitions. He has been coaching vaulters of all ages for over 23 years. Brad has helped many athletes reach their dreams of jumping at the collegiate level at schools such as The University of Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, The University of Arkansas, LSU, and Rice. Thanks to Brad's leadership and determination, this vault team what it is a fun and close-knit community of competitive athletes, all looking to jump higher than they have before.
Reese Watson- Reese joined the MAC Vault Coaching Team in 2017. He comes with loads of experience. Reese was a two-time state champion at Spring High School, setting his personal best at 17'7" indoor. He continued to fly high at The University of Texas where he won "Big 12 Champ of the year" TWICE! He was an All-American Athlete at the University of Texas, and his personal record soared to 18'4.5". Since then, Reese has been an Olympic Trials finalist and has coached for two years. One year was spent coaching as an assistant at The University of Texas, and another year here with us. We are lucky to have Reese's expertise with us.
Drew Volz- Drew comes to the MAC Vault Coaching Team as a 2-time Indiana State Champion in high school. He continued to compete at Indiana University, winning the 2013 Big East Conference and graduating in 2015. He competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials, and he finished 6th place at the USA Indoor Championships in 2018. With a personal best of 5.62m (18.43ft), he is still currently competing with hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics! He also worked as a corporate fitness trainer at Cook Medical Center from 2015-2018, and then he coached pole vault privately at the Volz Barn from 2018-2019.
Tom Williams- Tom has over 20 years of coaching experience including coaching for The University of Oklahoma, The University of Nebraska, and other pole vault clubs. He was awarded USATF National College Pole Vault Coach of the Year in 2002. He coached 10 NCAA All-Americans and 7 Big-12 Champions. He coached the World Masters Games Silver Medalist in the Pole Vault M50 in 2013. He's coached 5 men over 18 feet and 4 women over 13 feet!!
Don Curry- Don went to Southwest Texas State in 1974 as a walk-on for the men's track team. Don's personal best was 14’6”. After retiring from the Houston Police force, he began Masters pole vaulting in 2004. Don has coached at The Woodlands High School for 10 years. Don won National Senior Games in 2007. He has since claimed 11 National Championship Medals!
Bob Crites- At the young age of 13, Bob set the 13-year-old world record of 13ft. He continued to set many world records (age 14- 13'10", age 15- 14'9.75", age 16- 15'10". He still holds the NHS record of 15'10" in Indiana. He made High School All American Athlete team in 1970, 1971, and 1972. Bob continued on to Indiana University where he set the school record as well. He landed top three in the Big Ten Championships in 74', 75', and 76'. Bob has continued to pole vault since college, jumping in the Olympic Trials in 76' and Masters games since. Bob is currently 64 and jumping 12'. His highest career jump was 17'10.5".
Brittany (McFarling) McEver- Brittany was the first female pole vaulter at A&M Consolidated High School where she still holds the school record of 12'1.5". She continued on to jump for Texas A&M University. She has been coaching vaulters of all ages for over 10 years, and she continues to pole vault as a Masters athlete.