Track & Field

    Brooks Morris
    Brooks  Morris

    Pole Vault Coach

    Brooks Morris is in his second year as a volunteer pole vault coach for Ron Allice's program.

    Last year the Trojans had three females qualify for the NCAA West Regionals (Melissa Astete, Brittani Bernhard and Shannon Lewallen), after having only one female pole vaulter in school history qualify prior to last season. Astete finished eighth at the Pac-10s to earn USC's first-ever point in that event.

    Morris has previous experience as pole vault coach at Fresno City College, Harvard Westlake High and even had a stint coaching the Trojans in the mid-1990s. He also served as director of the USATF Junior Elite Pole Vault Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. in 1997.

    Morris vaulted for the Trojans and had a best of 16-5 while at USC. He had an injury-riddled career at Troy, yet still managed to qualify for the Pac-10s in 1989 and had the third-best mark in the Pac-10 during the indoor season.

    After leaving USC, he jumped a career best of 17-5 1/4. He also won the U.S. Pole Vault Summit men's open in 1996 and set a national soils pole vault record in the Phillipines of 17-1 1/4.

    He is also the owner of both a fitness and a speed and power development business. He has been a North American Pole Vault Association member since 1994. Brooks has also served as an advisor for various commercials, television shows and feature films. He also is the founding partner of Entertainment on a Stick, a production company for sporting events and sports television.

    2005 Women's NCAA Pole Vault Qualifiers

    Melissa Astete 12-11 1/2

    Brittani Bernhard 12-11 1/2

    Shannon Lewallen 12-5 1/2