Saturday February 24, 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 / 400H, Cardinal Gibbons ’11

Thanks Coach! You have helped me when I thought the possible was impossible. And gave me a helping hand when I was at my lowest.. You have been a blessing and I truly admire you for all that you have done! There is not a single moment when I don’t give you thanks when people ask who coached me in high school! Thank you for the continuing support.!!










Harrison Booth



Harrison Booth University of North Carolina – Wilmington Pole Vaulter, Broughton Class ’12, Outdoor state champion 2012

Mr. San Miguel gave me the strength to carry, run, plant, drive, swing and push on, in pole-vaulting and life. I am forever in debt to him and his family






Harrison Booth

Cindy Booth, Mother of UNCW Pole Vaulter Harrison Booth

We went from having no one to help Harrison, to having the best, most dedicated coach in the state! I only wish that he had been with you for longer! He grew so much and learned SO much from you. We can never thank you enough for what you have done! I know that he has had the best coaching he can possibly have-so that’s why I worry about college! I am so thankful that he can still talk to you! … It was such a special time, and we owe it all to you!! Especially those indoor meets-where regular coaches wouldn’t have even taken the kids to!… You’re the best!!


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