Sunday February 18, 2018

John Tillman

John Tillman USA Olympian

I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for the incredible training session you provided for Parkwood athletes this past Saturday. As an Olympian, I have had the pleasure of being trained by and associating with some of the finest coaches in the U.S. However, I can say without reservation that I have never before witnessed such a dramatic transformation as I experienced at your clinic. In just a few hours, you had each athlete vaulting a full 2 feet higher than their previous best. Amazing! Your ability to connect with young athletes and infuse confidence in them where it was previously lacking coupled with a thorough knowledge and systematic approach to teaching the pole vault creates truly remarkable results. My athletes came back charged up and inspired to train harder, compete smarter, and set the bar higher for themselves.


Joan Nesbit Mabe

Joan Nesbit Mabe – USA Olympian

You are a masterful teacher.

Harlis Meaders

Harlis Meaders Head Coach UNC Chapel Hill 

Your facility and the greater role that you are playing for the community of pole vaulters and the sport of track and field is inspiring.


Stephen Risk

Stephen Risk

David Risk, father of Panther Creek High School Record Holder, Stephen Risk  

3 years ago with Stephen never having even thought of pole vault would we have imagined he would make it to the state 4A indoor championships! Thanks to God for leading us in this direction and to Jose R San Miguel for his coaching.


Joan Nebitt Mabe, Head Coach, Track and Field, Chapel Hill High School

Jose is a class act.  Very professional and kind.



Cody Sterrett

Steve Sterrett, father of Appalachian State decathlete Cody Sterrett, North Raleigh Christian Academy ’13

Leigh and I are extremely grateful for the time and effort you have taken with Cody. He is excited about some of the opportunities and doors you are opening for him. I just wanted to thank you for all you are doing and the interest you have taken in Cody.





Carter Mathis

Lisa Mathis, mother of Carter Mathis, Cary Academy ’16, and bronze medalist in the USATF Junior Olympics National Qualifier, pole vault and decathlon.

How inspiring.
You are such an amazing coach.







Kenley Joseph

Kenley Joseph, Appalachian State University hurdler 110H /

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