Tuesday August 22, 2017

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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Sofia San Miguel

Perseverance is defined as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

My daughter Sofia has a great story on perseverance.

It has been 78 weeks since she became a collegiate athlete. She has endured:

390 practices
5 injuries
234 jump sessions
4680+ jumps in practices

550 days of chasing the dream of a new PR, all without improving her high school PR.

And then on day 551, a new PR!

Congratulations Sofia! It takes a special person to endure the journey. You have demonstrated one of the most valuable traits a person can have, the ability to keep moving forward when giving up is not an option. Way to go Sofia!

So next time you hear of someone thinking about quitting, remind them of Sofia’s story.…

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