Johnny Graham was a 4 sport athlete at Greendale High School, many, many, many years ago. He pole vaulted in high school (PR 13") and then went to UWSP for baseball, instead of track. He has been coaching boys and girls pole vault for 20 years. He started out at Greendale but has since spent the last 14 years at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. He has also coached at the college level at Wisconsin Lutheran College (D3) and the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee (D1). Johnny is married to Tina and has two children-Alexandra and Jackson.
In his coaching tenure his Wisco vaulters have over 20 Conference Championships, they qualified for the State Championship 32 times, while placing 10 times on the podium and 7 of them as All-State vaulters and 1 State Champion.
His top 2 Wisco girls of all time - Hailey Orlowski (12' 7") and Taylor Corkum (11' 9") are the top 2 private school girl vaulters in Wisconsin State history. Hailey is currently the 8th best female vaulter in overall Wisconsin history. His top male vaulter all time - Christian Lucchesi (15' 6") is tied for 1st all time for private schools in Wisconsin.
I love the sport of pole vault and coaching the kids to help make them into the best vaulters they can be. Not every vaulter has the God-given athletic ability to be a champion, but every vaulter can set and reach their own goals and have the same feeling of accomplishment. I strive for safety and progression in pole vault practice and through that, my vaulters become more confident and successful. I think that practice should be fun and I coach the importance of having fun vaulting while still being safe. I have been able to do this for 20 year now and I have been so blessed to have coached so many amazing kids and meet their wonderful families. To me, pole vault is more than just pole vault- the kids and their families become family to me.
Daniel competed in many sports throughout his school years but nothing compared to pole vault and he gave up a decade of wrestling and skateboarding to pole vault. Johnny was the one to introduce him to the sport and he still tells the story of Dan's first day of practice at Wisco. While at Wisco he broke the school record leaving it at 14'6", qualifying for State twice, and achieving a 3rd place finish there his senior year.
He went on to vault at UW-Whitewater and continues to help the team when he can, you can usually find him officiating the pole vault at their home meets. He currently coaches the girls pole vault at Brookfield East high school where he has had a state qualifier and a Greater Metro Conference champion.
Jenn Warr sprinted and jumped at UW-LaCrosse in the early 90's. She went on to coach at Pius XI, Milwaukee as the sprint and jumps coach for 10 years. She also coached boys volleyball at Muskego High School. After a short break to be a mom and an Uber driver for her kids, she is back coaching sprints and pole vault at Muskego High School. She recently joined the coaching staff at Polebenders.
Coach Jenn believes anything is possible with the right mental and physical preparation. She is a self-driven and passionate coach as well as an athlete. Having the opportunity to help develop athletes reach their goals provides her with great joy and satisfaction.