Toby Stevenson enters his second season as an assistant coach for the pole vault and multi-events. Stevenson made his return to The Farm for the 2010 season as a former legend of the sport during his athletic career that included an NCAA title in the pole vault and Olympic Silver Medal for the United States at the 2004 Athens Games.
"It is great to have Toby back on The Farm. He is a young, energetic coach, who is very efficient in the pole vault and the multi's, said Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field Edrick Floreal. "In the short time he has been here he has turned around the pole vault program, making clear he is not just a former athlete, but a true coach."
In his first season, Stevenson made an immediate impact, leading Katerina Stefanidi to a pair of All-America honors in the pole vault. The Cardinal sophomore tied for fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and tied for fifth at the NCAA Indoor meet. In addition, she set new school records both indoors and outdoors of 14-1 ¼. Stevenson also helped Casey Roche on the men's side to a new career best of 17-3 that ranks third all-time at Stanford. In addition, Stevenson worked with a young multi-event group that showed promise, including Karynn Dunn scoring at the Pac-10 meet as a freshman.
As an athlete, Stevenson captured his NCAA title in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1998. Overall, he was a six-time All-American on The Farm, earning honors both indoors and outdoors in the pole vault from 1998-2000. Stevenson also remains the Stanford record holder in the pole vault with a mark of 18-9 ¼, which he established in 2000.
Stevenson went on to have a standout professional career, highlighted by an Olympic Silver Medal at the Athens Games in 2004. He has also been a World Championships participant and a former U.S. Champion.
Stevenson coached for two seasons at Stanford following his own collegiate career. He was an assistant coach for the pole vault and multi-events for the Cardinal in 2001 and 2002. During that time, he coached Kathleen Donoghue to back-to-back All-America honors in the pole vault. He is a 2000 graduate of Stanford.