Cal Adds Slover as Pole Vault Coach

Oct. 26, 2006

BERKELEY - The California track and field program hired Scott Slover as an assistant coach in charge of the pole vault, Golden Bears director of track and field Chris Huffins announced. Slover, a former pole vault star for UCLA, joined the Bears this past summer.

A history major who graduated from UCLA in 1999, Slover was an assistant coach with the Bruins and ranked fifth in the world in the pole vault in that same year. He was a five-time All-American, who took third place in the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships and fifth place in the 1996 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, he took seventh in 1996, sixth in 1997 and seventh in 1998 in the pole vault.

Slover was a two-time Pac-10 champion in the pole vault in 1996 and 1998. Slover ranks No. 2 in the pole vault, with a 1997 mark of 18-7.25, on UCLA's All-Time Top 10 list and still holds the UCLA freshman record of 18-0.25, set in 1995.

In 1994, he took ninth place at the World Junior Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.

As a coach, he's trained UCLA's Tracy O'Hara, who won the women's pole vault titles at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2000 and at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Slover comes from strong track and field lineage, as his father, Bob Slover, competed in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics in the pole vault. The father-son duo has the second-best combined height in the world at 36-5.25. Bob Slover coached his son at Leland High School in San Jose, Calif., where Scott Slover was a two-time high school state champion.

The former Bruin has occasionally worked in television commercials, portraying a pole vaulter in ads for companies that include Nike, DHL and SBC.

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