Back for his 11th season in charge of the Lady Vol pole vaulters is former University of Tennessee record-holder David Job. A native of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Job previously spent 12 years coaching high school vaulters throughout the Knoxville metropolitan area before lending his expertise to the Big Orange program in 2003.
The past nine seasons have seen Job develop school-record-setting athletes as well as SEC scorers and NCAA qualifiers. His pupils hold the top five outdoor marks and the top three indoor heights in school history.
The most recent Lady Vol to join that club is Linda Hadfield, who became an impact performer as a freshman in 2011. Her career-best clearance of 13-1 3/4 at the SEC Outdoor Championships earned her a sixth-place finish and SEC All-Freshman Team status. That mark ranks her No. 4 on UT's all-time performers list outdoors.
Alicia Essex, whom Job developed into a three-time SEC scorer, is a member of that cadre. A third-place finisher at the league outdoor meet in 2009, Essex finished her career No. 2 on the UT outdoor list at 13-7 1/4 and third indoors at 13-0 3/4.
In 2004, sophomore Jessica Reust benefitted from Job's tutelage, blossoming into the school's top vaulter outdoors, winning the SEC Outdoor title and advancing to the NCAA Championship meet in June.
In only her second year at UT, Reust carded the best-ever clearance outdoors by a Tennessee woman, sailing over 13-3.50 to claim the SEC crown in May 2004 and become the third Lady Vol to win that event outdoors since 1998. She increased the standard to 13-7.75 in 2006 in a third-place effort at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Reust stands at number two on the Lady Vols' career indoor performers list, with a third-place outcome of 13-1 at the 2005 SEC Indoor Championships.
Job also developed Jessica Andrews and Kendra Rhyne into SEC-caliber competitors before they completed their collegiate careers in 2005. Rhyne scored points for her squad in eighth position indoors and sixth place outdoors at the 2004 SEC Championships and carded a tie for eighth at the 2005 conference outdoor gathering. Andrews, meanwhile, managed a tie for eighth at the 2005 SEC Indoor Championships.
During the 2003 campaign, he worked with senior vaulter Christie Elwin and helped the Australian increase her then-indoor and outdoor school records to 13-2.25 and earn her first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Elwin's top finishes included taking fourth at the SEC Indoor meet and fifth at the first-ever NCAA Mideast Regional, charting school standards on each occasion.
During his dozen years of coaching prior to UT, his prep pupils won titles or placed at the state championship meet in each of those seasons. In 2002, one of the student-athletes he directed, Andy Lane Jr., won the Young Men division at the AAU Junior Olympics. Other Job protégés have set women's records at numerous meets, including the Knoxville News Sentinel Relays and the Volunteer Track Classic.
Among his charges are three Lady Vols who hail from the Knoxville metropolitan area. He guided Rhyne to a state title and Tennessee record in 2001, Reust to a state crown in 2002 and also worked with Andrews. Additionally, he helped male vaulters Nate and Jake Parkhurst win a state championship in 2000 and finish second in 2001, respectively.
Job is in his second stint as a coach at UT, having worked with the men's program as assistant vault coach from 1970-72. He did so after a standout career at Tennessee, in which he earned three letters and claimed the school pole vault record in 1965.
Before Job's college career ended, however, he was called to serve his country in the Army during the Vietnam War from the fall of 1966 until the fall of 1969. He later returned to Big Orange Country and resumed his studies in the School of Architecture, earning his diploma in 1973.
During a military assignment in Germany, Job vaulted in Europe for the "Mannheim Turniern und Sport Gellsellshaft" Sports Club, setting that organization's record in the event. During that time, he also etched his name in the record books by achieving the best clearance for the Rhine Pfaltz District in Germany.
In his full-time occupation, Job is president of The Learning Network, Inc., an e-learning company focused on corporate training. The father of grown children Jeni and Matt, Job still resides in Oak Ridge.