Saturday February 24, 2018

Jim will headline a clinic at Pole Vault Carolina on Saturday June 10, 2017.  The clinic, So You Want to Jump Like Mondo – Success Strategies from an Olympic Coach, will be held from 10 am to 4 pm, with a meet to follow.   Register online here.

Jim Bemiller’s Accomplishments

Jim began his coaching career as an assistant football and track coach in Mansfield Ohio at Malabar High School. He then coached the pole vault at The University of Tennessee from 1986-2005. He is the coach of the 2004 Olympic champion in the pole vault, Timothy Mack, and has coached athletes in the pole vault who have won 5 NCAA Championships, 15 Southeastern Conference Championships and 28 All America Certificates. His athletes in the pole vault have broken the SEC, American Junior, NCAA, American, World Athletic Final and Olympic records. UT Alumni won the pole vault at three consecutive U.S. Olympic Trials. (’96, ’00, and ’04) and won Gold (2004) and Silver (2000) Olympic Medals.

Jim was a 4 year letterman in the pole vault at Miami University and was the Mid American Conference Champion and team captain in 1985. He was inducted into the Mansfield City Schools Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of NASSM, The Sport Lawyers Association, and the Knoxville Bar Association. Jim also serves as the faculty advisor of the Sport Management Partners in Sports Program.

Mr. James Bemiller teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in sport law and sport governance in Sport Management at The University of Tennessee. His primary legal research interests include negligence and risk management is sport settings, gender equity, and constitutional issues in sport. He has also presented and published regarding the development of elite athletes. He earned his B.S. Ed. from Miami University in 1985, and M.S. Ed (1987) and Jurisprudence Doctorate (1993) from The University of Tennessee. He also serves on the U.S. Pole Vault Development Staff and has spoken extensively on the development of athletes in the pole vault.
He is married to UT Olympian and Lady Vol Hall of Fame member Missy Kane and is the proud father of   two daughters.
Top Ten List of Athletes Coached
1. Timothy Mack 19’ 8 ½” 6.01m Olympic Gold Medalist, WAF Record
2. Lawrence Johnson 19’ 7 ½” 5.98m Olympic Silver Medal, NCAA Record
3. Russell Johnson 18’ 6 ½” 5.65m NCAA All America, SEC Champion…

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by Jason Creasy, MileSplitNC, Jan. 11, 2017

This season is the second year that competitions at Pole Vault Carolina (located in Durham, North Carolina) can qualify you for the NCHSAA State Championships, and many vaulters in North Carolina are taking advantage of that, and the excellent training facilities that Pole Vault Carolina has to offer.

Aside from offering many Pole Vault meets throughout the season, Coach Jose San Miguel offers training clinics ranging from beginner’s clinics, to major clinics that are lead by Olympic coaches such as Jim Bemiller and recent Olympic Bronze Medalist coach, Scott Kendricks! They regularly offer 5 training sessions per week with the following schedule below:

Beginner’s Clinic (most) Sundays at 1:00PM
Sundays 3:00 PM open session
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday open session at 5:00PM
Pole Vault Carolina guarantees results. If an athlete attends practice 3 times a week for 60 days and does not improve at least a foot, they will receive a month of coaching free!
More information on these can be found on their website,

Last season Coach Jose coached 8 athletes to the indoor state championship, 30 athletes to outdoor regionals, and 17 to the outdoor state championships. Also, during the 2016 season, Pole Vault Carolina athletes improved an average of 21.5 inches! During the current season, the results seem similar with many athletes kicking off their indoor season with new PR’s, notably Jacob Hickerson (Chapel Hill Sophomore) who has jumped a state leading 14-0, which is a 28″ PR; Elise Hall (Leesville Road Sophomore) who has jumped 11’1, an 11″ PR; and Skyler Noble (East Chapel Hill Sophomore) who has improved to 11′ this season, with an 17″ PR.

Coach Jose has three children, Jose San Miguel (Cardinal Gibbons, High Point University), Sofia San Miguel (Cardinal Gibbons, App State), and a 10 year old son Antonio San Miguel who all have or currently pole vault. Coach Jose himself pole vaulted for the University of Tennessee and the Puerto Rican National Team.

In addition to coaching, Pole Vault Carolina is a silver level dealer for Gill Athletics and is currently running a promotion for North Carolina High Schools: Buy 2 Poles get 1 free or buy 3 Poles get 2 free. Freight is $99 to NC. More information can be found by emailing Coach Jose at and is also posted on our forums here. Pole Vault Carolina also sells used …

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