Bob Phillips

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  • Assistant Track & Field Coach (Pole Vault)
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Joe Davis (2011, outdoor; 2012, outdoor)
Hunter Hall (2009, indoor and outdoor; 2011, indoor and outdoor; 2012, outdoor)
Brian Hunter (2000, indoor)
Jared Jodon (2010, outdoor)
Torben Laidig (2014, indoor; 2016, outdoor)
Brian Mondschein (2005, indoor and outdoor; 2006, outdoor)
Thorsten Mueller (2007 indoor)
Yavgeniy Olhovsky (2008, indoor and outdoor; 2009, indoor and outdoor; 2010, indoor and outdoor; 2011 indoor)
Kelly Phillips (2008, outdoor; 2011, indoor)
Martina Schultze (2012, indoor and outdoor; 2013, indoor and outdoor; 2014, indoor)
Stephan Munz (2014, outdoor)
Deakin Volz (2016, indoor)
Victoria von Eynatten (2012, indoor)
Chris Uhle (2013, outdoor)
Brad Johnson (2016, outdoor)

Chris Williams (1993, indoor); Chris Williams (1994, indoor); Chris Williams (1992, outdoor); Kevin Haxter (1984, outdoor)

Atlantic 10
Jim Fitzgerald (1997, outdoor); Nathan Bath (1998, outdoor); Brian Hunter (1999, indoor); Brian Hunter (1999, outdoor); Brian Hunter (2000, outdoor)

Brian Mondschein (2003, outdoor); Brian Mondschein (2004, outdoor)

Hunter Hall (2010, indoor); Hunter Hall (2012, outdoor); Brad Johnson (2015, outdoor); Jared Jodon (2011, indoor); Torben Laidig (2014, indoor); Brian Mondschein (2005, indoor); Brian Mondschein (2005, outdoor); Brian Mondschein (2006, outdoor); Thorston Mueller (2007, indoor); Stephan Munz (2011, indoor); Stephan Munz (2013, indoor); Stephan Munz (2014, outdoor); Yavgeniy Olhovsky (2009, indoor); Yavgeniy Olhovsky (2009, outdoor); Yavgeniy Olhovsky (2010, outdoor); Chris Uhle (2015, indoor); Chris Uhle (2016, outdoor)

Ashley Early (2007, outdoor); Victoria von Eynatten (2012, indoor); Erin Mahony (2007, indoor); Erin Mahony (2008, outdoor); Kelly Phillips (2008, indoor); Kelly Phillips (2011, indoor); Abby Schaffer (2009, indoor); Martina Schultze (2012, outdoor); Martina Schultze (2013, outdoor); Martina Schultze (2014, outdoor); Martina Schultze (2013, indoor); Martina Schultze (2014, indoor)

Former Virginia Tech All-American Bob Phillips is in his 33rd year as coach of the Hokie pole vaulters. During that time, the vault program at Virginia Tech has become arguably the best in the ACC and among the best in the nation.

The 2016 outdoor season turned out to be maybe the finest in school history for Tech’s vaulters. The Hokies claimed the top seven places in the event at the 2016 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, accumulating 38 points toward the team total. Chris Uhle won the gold medal, with Torben Laidig finishing second and Deakin Volz coming in third. The vaulters’ performances lifted Tech to its second ACC outdoor title and its sixth overall ACC team crown as a program.

Volz capped the 2016 season for Tech by winning the gold medal in the pole vault at the IAAF U-20 World Championships held in July in Poland. Volz, who became the first Tech athlete to win a junior world gold medal, set a school record with a vault of 5.65 meters (18 feet, 6.5 inches).

Those successes are simply a continuation of the excellence enjoyed by the Hokies’ vaulters since Phillips took over as the coach of the event. Under him, 19 vaulters have combined to earn 37 All-America honors in the event – all coming since Virginia Tech joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season. Yavgeniy Olhovsky, who attended Tech from 2008-12, is probably Phillips’ most accomplished vaulter, having earned All-America nods on seven occasions and won three ACC championships.

Phillips’ vaulters have dominated at the conference level. Twenty vaulters have combined to win 40 individual conference titles. Brian Mondschein, who vaulted from 2001-05, won five conference championships, including three in the ACC and two in the BIG EAST, while Martina Schultze, who competed from 2012-14, won five conference crowns, all in the ACC.

Tech’s vaulters have combined to win a total of 29 ACC individual titles – more than all the other schools in the ACC combined. In addition to coaching 20 vaulters who have won conference titles, Phillips also has coached a world champion (Volz), a junior national champion, six NCAA medalists (top 3), two US Olympic Trials qualifiers and a IAAF World Championship qualifier.

As a student-athlete at Tech in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Phillips set the school record in the indoor and outdoor vault. He was a four-time NCAA national qualifier and earned All-America honors in 1980. He also was a member of the U.S. National Team that took on Great Britain in 1984, and he competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in July that same year.

In addition, Phillips was a three-time Metro Conference, four-time indoor Virginia collegiate and four-time outdoor Virginia collegiate champion. In 1999, Virginia Tech honored Phillips by inducting him into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a student-athlete.

Phillips, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, holds three degrees from Tech. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education, a master’s in accountancy with a concentration in accounting information systems and a Ph.D. in business administration with a major in accounting and minors in information systems and finance.

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