Biography for Paul Heglar
Paul started vaulting in 1958 at the age of 10 (6th grade). As a senior in 1966 at John Muir high school in Pasadena, California he was the #1 vaulter in the nation at 16’3" (3rd high school vaulter to clear 16’). After graduation from high school Paul attended Pasadena City College where he went undefeated and was named National Junior College Field Athlete of the Year. Later that year he placed fifth in the National AAU championships (All American). Paul then transferred to the University of Texas at El Paso where he was 5 time NCAA All American. In 1970 he placed 2nd at the National AAU championships jumping 17’2" (Bob Seagren – the 1968 Olympic Champion won on misses). That summer Paul represented the United States in our duel meets with France, Germany and the Soviet Union. Paul got involved with the National Pole Vault Summit in the early 1990's and started coaching at Incline High School. In 2002 he moved to Reno and started coaching at Galena High School. When Paul started coaching he also started a USATF sanctioned club called the Lake Tahoe Pole Vault Club, which is a summer program used to continue working with interested vaulters of all ages. In 2004 Paul joined forces with the Nevada Throwers Club which was renamed the Reno / Tahoe Athletics (RTA) club. Paul is the current president of the RTA club being elected in the fall of 2005.