Our Coaches

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.

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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.

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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!! 

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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!

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Jacob Wooten-  Jacob Wooten started vaulting at a young age. He earned a scholarship at Texas A&M University where he currently holds the school record in the pole vault. He has coached voluntarily at Texas A&M during his post graduate studies. Last year he scored 5th at the 2021 Olympic trials, and currently he is coaching at MAC Vault Academy in between his European travels where he is competing in the professional pole vault circuit. His current PR is 19'4.5". We are thrilled to have Coach Jake with us whenever he is available!

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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 macvault1234@gmail.com

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Emilly Gunderson- Emily attended high school at Barbers Hill in Mont Belvieu. She was the 4A state champion with an impressive PR of 13'3".  She continued her pole vault career at Texas A&M University where she currently holds the school's pole vault record for women with a PR of 14'2.5". Emily is the newest member of our coaching staff, but we are super excited to add her expertise to the MAC Vault team!

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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". 

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