Stacy Dragila

Career Highlights:

    • Nine-time U.S. Outdoor champion ('96, '97, '99-'05)
    • 2000 Olympic gold medalist
    • Two-time World champion ...(1999 & 2001)
    • 1997 World Indoor champion
    • Eight-time U.S. Indoor champion ('96-'01, '03, '04)
    • 2001 Goodwill Games and IAAF Grand Prix Final champion
    • Two-time Jesse Owens Award winner ('00, '01)

Dragila in 2009 enters what will be her final season of competition. After two seasons plagued by injury, Dragila returned to the international scene in 2008 with a season best 4.70m/15-5...Dragila made her second Olympic team after she won her 8th pole vault crown outdoors at the 2004 Olympic Trials…her clearance of 4.83m/15-10 earlier in the summer at Ostrava was the best women’s outdoor vault in history at
the time, and it is the current American record…a foot injury hampered her Olympic performance and kept her from making the final in Athens…she rebounded in 2003 after an injury-plagued 2002 season, briefly holding the world indoor record once again in 2003, clearing 4.78/15-8.25 at the USA Indoor Champs to win her 7th national indoor title…Svetlana Feofanova retook the record at 2003 World Indoors (4.80m/15-9)…at 2004 World Indoors, Dragila matched her then outdoor PR with her silver-medal height of 4.81/15-9.25…it took a world record of 4.86/15-11.25 by Yelena Isinbayeva to beat her…in 2001, Dragila had one of her finest seasons, setting 8 world records…early in 2001, she broke the world record in her event on four occasions – peaking at 4.70m/15-5 – during the 2001 indoor campaign before claiming her sixth U.S. Indoor title with a clearance of 4.70 meters/15 feet, 5 inches…she also broke her own outdoor world record four times (ending at 4.81m/15-9.25), won her fifth U.S. Outdoor title (4.62m/15-1.75), first Goodwill Games gold medal (4.55m/14-11) and the IAAF Grand Prix Final title (4.50m/14-9)…she successfully defended her 1999 World Outdoor Championships crown by winning in Edmonton in 2001 with a clearance of 4.75m/15-7, a new Championships record…Dragila won the first-ever women’s Olympic pole vault in 2000…landed on the cover of Wheaties box shortly after…she competed twice in the California state HS meet in the hurdles and placed 2nd in the 1990 Golden West meet in the 400mH (63.70)…the late coach John Orognen recruited her to Yuba College and trained her for the heptathlon…as a junior at Idaho State, Dragila and the rest of the women heptathletes were told by coach Nielsen to try to vault over 6 feet…graduated from Idaho State with a degree in physical education/health education. Dragila is active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters…underwent surgery in late September 1998 to repair the fractured navicular bone in her foot…became the first woman to win the world indoor championship in the pole vault in 1997, equaling the world record of 14-5.75. In 1999 at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Seville, Dragila became the first woman ever to win a pole vault outdoor title by equaling the world record of 15-1…the city of Pocatello has named a street after her, Dragila Way is located on the campus of Idaho State University... She became engaged to distance thrower Ian Waltz in early 2008.

Asa Nims

For most of his life, pole vault has played a big part in Coach Nims’ life. While in junior high in Kamiah, Idaho, he started pole vaulting and soon fell in love with it. While he had no vault coach at Kamiah, he was able to become a state champion in the event and set the school record. After graduation, coach Nims walked-on to the Boise State track team and soon worked his way into a scholarship. At Boise State, he would discover the value of having a vault coach and how much difference that coach can make in the performance - and character - of an athlete.

After graduation, coach Nims continued to be involved in the vault by helping out at the state high school meet and doing clinics in his home town. After a number of years, he realized he needed to take a crack at coaching so got in touch with the head coach at Boise High School. He has now been coaching for 11 years at Boise High and has had numerous men and women athletes place high at state.

In recent years, coach Nims has become more involved in coaching vault during the off season. He is a vault coach for Team Idaho in the summer and coaches with Stacy Dragila in the fall and winter. He has a very personal, positive coaching style and his athletes respond well to his coaching. He cares for each and every athlete he coaches and is invested in more than how high they vault. His core philosophy is this: pole vaulting is life; dedicate yourself to vaulting well and being coachable and you will learn lessons you can use for the rest of your life.

Coach Nims is married with two children. His son Seth, who he coaches, was Idaho State 5A state champion in 2017. His daughter Kira has started vaulting and is just entering high school.

Briana Suppes

Briana is one of our emerging elite vaulters training with SDVC. She began vaulting her senior year of high school where she qualified for state out of the highest jumping region. She continued jumping in collage at the Colorado School of Mines with a scholarship. She competed at NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals in 2009 in the DMR and 2010 in pole vault. Briana continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh where she volunteered as the pole vault coach for the decathletes. After this period of coaching Briana decided that she was not through with vaulting herself. She moved to Twin Falls, Idaho in 2015 which gave her the opportunity to begin training again with Stacy. This past spring Briana made another change, she moved to Boise to allow her to fully commit to pole vault training. When she is not training you can usually find Briana riding her horse.

Allison Jeffries

Allison is one of our emerging elite vaulters training with SDSV. Allison started pole vaulting for Eagle High School as a freshman and won three back to back state championships and finished her high school career jumping 13ft. Allison then went on to attend Boise State University as a scholarship athlete and competed in the pole vault and hurdles. In Allison’s career at BSU she held the indoor and outdoor record as a freshman, became an indoor and outdoor all Mountain West Conference and academic athlete in 2015 and 2017. She also competed in the NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers her sophomore and senior year. Her last meet as a Bronco ended with a jump off at the regional qualifier and jumping a new personal best of 4.20m (13’9ft). She graduated BSU with a Communication degree and a lifetime of memories. Allison is eager to keep training and propel her pole vault in an upward direction. She is currently the Boise State’s pole vault coach and works part time as a project manager.

Steven Pust

Steven is one of our new emerging elite vaulters training with SDVC. Steven has been pole vaulting for 14 years. He graduated in 2017 from Sacramento State University where he competed in pole vault. He was a 4 time Big Sky All-Conference Performer and 2017 Indoor Big Sky Champion. 2 time NCAA Division 2 Academic All-American. Prior to Sacramento State, Steven attended UC Davis for one year. He graduated from Golden Valley HS in Merced CA with a PR of 16’1”. Steven moved to Boise in September to continue training in pole vault with Stacy. Steven looks forward to helping with speed and agility training for other sports utilizing is bachelors in kinesiology with a focus on physical activity and conditioning. Steven specializes in mental skills training which he offers in both individual and group settings. For more information on Steven's mental edge training click here.

Samantha Nielson

Sam joins SDVC as a former triple jumper who loves all track events. She competed at Utah State University where she jumped 12.89m/42’ 3 ½” for an indoor school record. She also competed post-collegiately where she finished with a personal best of 13.02m/42’8 ½”. During that time, she worked with USU’s jump crew as a volunteer assistant coach. Sam graduated in 2017 from USU with a master’s degree in exercise science, with an emphasis in bio-mechanics. She plans to pursue further education in psychology, where she hopes to teach and work with athletes. With her experience, Sam is excited to join SDVC and begin coaching athletes to improve their mental skills. For more information on Sam’s mental skills training program you can email her at or click here.