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 four years. One year was spent coaching as an assistant at The University of Texas, and three years here with us. We are lucky to have Reese's expertise with us.
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!!
Michael McCarroll- Coach Michael is a graduate of McMurry University located in Abilene, Tx. After finishing up his collegiate career vaulting, he became the McMurry University pole vault coach. He has served as their vault coach for the past three seasons. During his time at McMurry, his athletes received multiple all-region and all-conference honors, as well as the 2019 and 2021 team conference championships. Vaulting has been a huge part of his life since the 6th grade, and he has devoted his life to helping athletes achieve their highest potential. In December of 2019, Michael married his wife Baylee. They will be joining us with their pet Dalmatian, Forrest.
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 Master's athlete as well as run all administrative needs here at MAC Vault Academy. She is also the mother of three small children Eli (age 5), Luke (age 2) and Ben (newborn). If you're in need of help or information, she is the one to contact! The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hudson Hall- Hudson is a graduate student at Houston Baptist University. He is finishing up his last semester there to receive his master's degree in Psychology. Last June, Hudson married the love of his life, Jennifer. He has spent the last decade devoting his life to pole vault. His current personal best jump is 17'. The Hall family has a legacy of pole vault with his dad competing at Texas A&M and his brother competing at the University of Virginia Tech. He is working to beat his family's record!