David  Job

David Job

Volunteer Assistant Coach


Back for his fifth 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 four seasons have seen him develop school-record-setting athletes as well as SEC scorers and NCAA qualifiers. In 2004, sophomore Jessica Reust took that a step further, 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 meets 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 proteges have set women's records at numerous meets, including the Knoxville News Sentinel Relays and the Volunteer Track Classic.

Among recent charges are three Lady Vols who hail from the Knoxville 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 "The Secret City."



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