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Assistant Coach Dave Fritz

- Dave Fritz begins his third season coaching the pole vaulters at William and Mary this fall, and has helped develop the College’s program into one of the best on the East Coast in that short amount of time.

Over the past two years, Fritz has coached Nicole Kazuba into two consecutive appearances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and to 20 of the top 30 vaults all-time at W&M. In the same amount of time, Emily Jeremiah has added nearly a full meter to her personal best, and is a two-time All-East performer after entering school with only one year of vaulting experience.

From 2002-07, Fritz worked as the assistant jumps coach at Suhr Sports in New York, helping both professional and amateur pole vaulters to unprecedented heights. Most notably, he helped to develop Jennifer Stuczynski from an absolute novice to become the reigning U.S. record holder in the women’s pole vault (16-0) and the second-best vaulter in the world. Along the way, Stuczynski also captured four national titles, indoors in 2005 and 2007, and outdoors in 2006 and 2007.

Among amateur athletes, his success has been equally compelling, helping to produce the top-two high school girl’s pole vaulters. Mary Saxer was the first high school girl to clear 14 feet, and set the national high school girl’s record indoors of 14-3.25. Tiffany Maskulinski also cleared 14-0 under Fritz’ tutelage, only the second girl to do so. At the collegiate level, he coached at the Rochester Institute of Technology during the 2006-07 year, producing a pair of school records and the school’s first NCAA qualifier in the pole vault.

A three-time All-Big East vaulter at Virginia Tech, Fritz graduated in 2004 with a bachelors degree in computer science. In the summer of 2006, he was the head clinician for pole vault at the Region II Junior Olympics clinic. Fritz is a USAT&F Level II coach in the jumps, and this season added a Level II certification in the sprints, hurdles, and relays. He is also nationally certified by the Pole Vault Safety Board.

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