The Indoor Track and Field Clinics are designed to provide athletes the opportunity to work out in our state-of-the-art facility and to receive instruction from University of Akron coaches. The University of Akron Stile Athletics Field House contains a 300m Mondo six lane track encompassing a 120 yard astroplay turf field. There are two High Jump, Long Jump, and Pole Vault pits as well as two Shot Put circles and a Discus circle.

Instruction and supervision will be provided by UA coaches in the following events: Sprints, Hurdles, Distance, High Jump, Long Jump, Pole Vault, and Throws. Athletes may use the facility for their own workouts as well, provided they register and respect the facility/clinic rules.

Workouts will start in November of 2016. 



The University of Akron track and field program will host the Fourth-Annual Pole Vault Convention at Stile Athletics Field House from January 9-10, 2016. The event is designed to be an all-inclusive pole vault experience for athletes, coaches and parents and will feature classroom sessions, learn-by-doing clinics, and competitions. Instructors will include world-class coaches and vaulters, in addition to top collegiate and club coaches from the region.

The open atmosphere of the convention will allow participants to choose to attend sessions that are most intriguing to their personal interests. The clinicians will offer their specialized perspective about how to get athletes to follow the ideal pole vaulting model in addition to seminars about injury prevention and other ways to take performances to greater heights.

The Pole Vault Convention is the vision of Zips' head coach Dennis Mitchell, who guided Shawn Barber to the 2015 IAAF World Championship in August, as well as both indoor and outdoor NCAA titles. Additionally, Barber (indoor) and Annika Roloff (outdoor) captured individual NCAA national championships in 2014. He also coached All-American Alex McCune, the American and collegiate record holder in the heptathlon pole vault. In all, he has coached 99 All-American honors during his career, including All-Americans in the Pole Vault at the University of Texas, University of North Carolina and University of Akron.

During his 20 years at Akron, Mitchell has won 22 Mid-American Conference Team Championships and been named the MAC Coach of the year 20 times. Furthermore, Coach Mitchell's athletes have established the MAC All-Time Records in Indoor & Outdoor Men's & Women's Pole Vault.

Please direct all questions to:

Brian Forrester
Assistant Track Coach
The University of Akron
Stile Athletics Field House 296D
Akron, OH 44325-6302
Email: bcf3@uakron.edu
Phone: 330-329-6823