Learn About the Coaches

Dean Starkey - Head Coach

Dean is a former world class pole-vaulter jumping over 19 feet 5 inches.  He spent 10 year traveling to over 30 countries while competing in international competitions.

Some of his  accomplishments include 2 time NCAA champion for University of Illinois, 1989 World University Games Silver medalist, member of 2 Goodwill Games teams and won the 1997 World Championships Bronze Medal in 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.  

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YouTube video of Dean vaulting in Athens>

Jill Starkey

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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Garrett Starkey

Garrett graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology with a sports performance emphasis and is currently working on a masters degree in Exercise Science at Arizona State.  

He was an Arizona Division I High School State Champion with a high school PR of 17 feet.  His current PR is now 18 feet which was attained in 2017 while attending ASU under coach Ron Barella.

He brings a wealth of information on human performance as well as being an experienced pole-vault coach.  He has a great eye for technique and excellent trouble shooting skills in solving technical issues vaulters may be having.  

Jacob Flores

Jacob went to Seton Catholic High School and graduated in 2012, and placed 3rd at state his senior year. He Placed 5th at JUCO outdoor nationals with Scottsdale community college in 2013, and placed 3rd at JUCO indoor nationals. He placed 1st at JUCO outdoor nationals for MCC in 2014. He competed for 3 years at ASU, placed 12th at MPSF indoor conference in 2016, and competed at PAC 12's in 2017. Indoor (current lifetime best) PR of 5 meters (16'5"), and outdoor PR of 4.95 meters (16'1"). 

Hunter Wilkes

Hunter graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education from the University of South Dakota, in May of 2017. She was anNCAA student athlete and member of the USD Track Team, and one of USD’s top collegiate Pole Vaulter’s. She competed in Nationals at Eugene Oregon.  Hunters’ lifetime best is 14’8. After graduation she moved back to Arizona, and accepted a teaching position within the Fowler School District teaching K-5 P.E. When she is not teaching, she is coaching or training at AZPVA. When Hunter finds extra free time she will paint, draw, be outdoors, or spend time with family and friends.


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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.