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New coach restores his legacy of pole vaulting

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Dr. EC “Pete” Rodine takes a break from helping with the pole vault exercises which will prepare them for upcoming track meets.

Dr. EC “Pete” Rodine takes a break from helping with the pole vault exercises which will prepare them for upcoming track meets.

PHOTO BY KAT KETENBRINK

PHOTO BY KAT KETENBRINK

Dr. EC “Pete” Rodine takes a break from helping with the pole vault exercises which will prepare them for upcoming track meets.

Samantha Palmer, Reporter

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This year’s pole vault team is leaping into the new season with guidance from new assistant pole vault coach, Dr. E.C. “Pete” Rodine.

Pete Rodine was given this opportunity in February due to his granddaughter Destiny Shaw, who thought he could be of some help. Rodine has a lot of experience with vaulting and he says he is happy to help.

“I was a vaulter in high school and once held the varsity record at Lakewood High School in 1963 and was Long Beach City Champion,” said Rodine.

Rodine received his doctorate at USC and has worked at the University of Phoenix and Azusa University for eight years as a teacher and a supervisor for student teachers. In 1980, he was an assistant track coach at Poly High School and helped the team with the CIF Championship.

Vaulters on the team can already tell that “Coach Pete” is going to be a big help this season.

“His coaching has already helped me so much. As a team we are all very tough and prepared for this upcoming season,” said junior Victoria Baez.

“Coach Pete is extremely dedicated and well experienced. He runs us through formations and makes sure everything is right. He’s all about safety,” said vaulter Alex Hamman.

Rodine has high hopes for the season and the members of the team.

“I have several team members who have the potential to be good pole vaulters, but it is very early in their training to make any long range predictions,” said Rodine.

Rodine also wants students to strengthen on their own and to enjoy what they’re doing.

“I like to let the athletes progress at their own pace and try to make pole vaulting for them as much fun as it always was for me.”

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