Aug. 11, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field Edrick Floreal is pleased to announce the hiring of former Stanford legend Toby Stevenson as the new assistant coach for the pole vault and multi event athletes.
"Toby has a tremendous work ethics and truly a student of the sport," said Floreal. "As a former Stanford student-athlete and assistant coach his loyalty and love for the farm remain strong. Our student-athletes will be very fortunate to have him as a coach"
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.
As an athlete, Stevenson is a former NCAA champion in the pole vault, capturing the 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.
Since his graduation from Stanford in 2000, Stevenson has gone onto a fabulous professional career that was highlighted by a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In addition, the Odessa, Texas native was the 2004 USA Indoor Champion, the 2003 Pan Am Games gold medalist and 2006 USA Outdoor national runner-up. Stevenson holds a personal best of 19-8 ¼ (6.00m).
Stevenson is scheduled to begin his coaching duties at the end August at Stanford. However, he will first compete for the United States in the pole vault at the 2009 World track and field Championships where he is one of the favorites. The competition takes place August 15-23, in Berlin, Germany.