Learn About the Coaches

Dean Starkey - Head Coach

 Dean is a former world class pole-vaulter jumping over 19 feet 5 inches".  His accomplishments include 2 time NCAA champion for University of Illinois, 1989 World University Silver medalist, 1997 World Championships Bronze medalist Athens, Greece.  During the mid to late nineties he was the pole-vault coach for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he coached many vaulters over 18 feet.  Dean is the father of Garrett Starkey (17 feet), the 2 time Arizona State Champion. 

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YouTube video of Dean vaulting in Athens>

Jill Starkey - Head Coach

Jill is a former world class pole-vaulter jumping over 14 feet 1 inch.  Her accomplishments include 2000 Olympic trials finalist, 4th ranked USA vaulter in 1999 and winning the Gold Medal at the World Masters Championships in 2011.  She was former college multi-event coach at South Dakota University.

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Kasey Burlingham - Assistant Coach

Kasey has been coaching for azpva for the past 2 years and his methodical approach to improving technique has benefitted our members greatly.  He is fun to work with and gets results!

  • 2006 California JC state champion 
  • 2009 D2 NCAA national champion 
  • 2010 NCAA all american 
  • Cal State Stanislaus school record holder in the pole vault 17'8 (5.40m) 
  • 2010 track and field MVP Stanislaus 
  • 2009 & 2010 Cal State Stanislaus athlete of the year

Annie Burlingham - Assistant Coach


Annie started pole vaulting her senior year at Colfax high school before going to Cuesta community college where she was third at the Californian Junior college state meet in 2006. She then transferred to California State University Stanislaus where she was All-American for Div. II Indoor Track and Field Nationals and a National Qualifier for Outdoor Nationals in 2010 she was also awarded female Athlete of the Year for Stanislaus State and team MVP. She has coached the pole vault for SJVSC Summer and Winter camps since 2005. Annie is an excellent coach and loves working with beginners!

Our Goal

We love it when we can help our athletes achieve their best.  We recognize that each athlete is an individual and will need specific programs based on their strengths and weaknesses.  Our goal is to build top vaulters and to prepare you for your future endeavors.