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              HEAD COACH – ROBERT TILLEY 

  Robert Tilley is a former Oklahoma high school State Champion  with a high school PR of 15’6
  (4.73).  After graduation, he attended Eastern Oklahoma. State College and became a three
  time All-American  with PR of 16’6 (5.05). After leaving E.O.S.C. he went on to Wichita State
  University were he posted a life time best jump of 16’11 (5.18) while jumping for Tom Hays, who
  is now the current Track coach at Kansas University. Soon after college, he began
  coaching  at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada.  Over the past years, he has
  coached 1 State
Record Holder,  4 State Champs, 3 Runner-Ups, 13 top 4 finishers, and
  was named 2003 National High School Coach of the Year.  In 1998 he started Pure Sky vault
  camp and in 2005 started Pure Sky Vaulting Club.  He is working hard to give kids a better
  understanding of the vault and to share his love of the sport.

EMAIL COACH TILLEY - coachtilley@pureskyvaulting.com

                                         ASSISTANT COACH – RUSS KASHKA 

  Russ Kashka lettered varsity in both Football and Track & Field at James Monroe high school
  (‘73-‘75) in the San Fernando Valley area of Southern California.  Under the coaching of Dean
  Balzarett, he placed 2nd in the Mid-Valley League Championships with a PR of 13’.  After
  graduation, he moved to Las Vegas to go into the vending machine business with his best
  friend. Over the years, he has kept up his interest in the sport of Track & Field and remained
  a student of  the vault.  He married in 1986 to his wife Sandy and now has 3 daughters, Renee,
  Samantha, & Emily.  He coached his daughters’ teams in the Silver State Girls Soccer league
  for 8 years before becoming the Volunteer Pole Vault Coach at Coronado High School in
  Henderson.  Since he started coaching at Coronado, over the past 5 years, he has helped
  qualify a vaulter for the State meet every year.  He hopes to pass on his passion and
  knowledge of the vault to all the kids he helps coach.

EMAIL COACH KASHKA - coachkashka@pureskyvaulting.com

                                       ASSISTANT COACH – KY EDWARDS   

   Coach Ky is starting his second year coaching at Pure Sky.  He is a native of Texas and spent
   three years coaching the vaulters at Hereford High School in Hereford, TX where he coached
   5 Regional Qualifiers and 1 State Qualifier (Blake Yosten-15’3").  Coach Ky is also entering his
   second year coaching at Chaparral High School, in which he is the vault and distance coach.
   In his inaugural season in 2007, the Chap vaulters broke 2 school records, qualified 5 vaulters
   for the Sunrise Regional meet, and had a 3rd place finish at the State meet (14’6" Jose Olague).
   Coach Ky is preparing to make a comeback and will compete at the 2008 Pole Vault Summit as
   well as continue his triathlon training.  Ky also has a daughter, Kylee-5 yrs old, who is the highlight
   of his life and he hopes she falls in love with the vault.

EMAIL COACH EDWARDS - coachedwards@pureskyvaulting.com