I’m a professional pole vaulter from Watkinsville, Georgia who attended the University of Kansas from 2006 through 2011. I still train with my college coach (Tom Hays) in Lawrence, Kansas. I finished graduate school for Sport Management in the spring of 2013 and can honestly say, it was the best educational decision I’ve ever made. While I was going to grad school, I worked as a Grad Assistant in the I.T. Department of KU Athletics. The timing worked out perfectly where my boss was able to hire on another full-time staff member and luckily for me, I was notified that I got the job while I was on my honeymoon in September, 2013! So my life is pretty awesome now that I am married, have a full-time job, doing what I’ve always loved, and I still have the opportunity to train and pole vault in my spare time! I’ve been truly blessed in my life thus far and can’t wait to see what else the world has to offer!
I’ve made it to the final round of the Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012, won the Indoor USA Championships in 2013, the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2010, and seven Big XII Championships during my career as a Jayhawk.
An interesting fact about me is what I do to my hair. Halfway through my 2010 track season with KU I started dying my hair a different design with different colors for each competition. It all started when I had a rough indoor season that year; I was really struggling at competitions while practices were going great. I had a long heart-to-heart talk with my coach after a horrible showing at the indoor NCAA Championships and we realized that I wasn’t having fun like I used to! I turned vaulting into more of a job than a sport that I loved all through high school and the first years of college. We decided to adjust my priorities for that outdoor season and move “having fun” to the top of the list. I tried to think of something that I could do to have more FUN and not worry about the outcome. I decided at the last minute to dye my hair. Everyone was more than shocked when this guy shows up to the meet with red and white-checkered hair, ha. I jumped the highest I’ve ever vaulted on that day and felt like I had to keep it up and dye it again! Almost every meet since that day I’ve dyed my hair. And it’s funny how much it helped my popularity in the sport! I started to build a real fan base and meet people who definitely would remember “the guy with the hair.” That was a turning point in my career and I love being able to get the crowd into it, whether it comes from my vaulting or my hair. I have “pole vaulting goals” to make the next World Championship Team and every team after that, including the next Olympic Team. I also believe that goals can be more idealistic than materialistic. My “idealistic goals” are as follows: I want to be the best vaulter I can physically and mentally become – I want to max out my athletic potential 100% by the end of my career. If that means I never win an Olympic Games or World Championships, that’s fine by me. But I know that if I vault as well as my body will allow, I will win those meets and I will be the best vaulter the world has ever seen. I would love to have you as one of my supporters, and I know good and well that I cannot fulfill my dreams on my own, so please follow me on my journey to become the greatest athlete I can possibly be!
Parents: Richard and Lynne Scott
Sister: Mallory Scott
Married to Julia Scott
Date of Birth: February 22, 1988
College: University of Kansas
Coach: Tom Hays
Agent: Jeff Hartwig
Outdoor Personal Best: 5.72m (18′ 9.25″)
Indoor Personal Best: 5.60m (18′ 4.5″)
High School Progression:
-Sophomore: 15′ 2″
-Junior: 17′ 1.5″
-Senior: 17′ 0.75″
-Freshman: 5.55m (18′ 2.5″)
-Sophomore: 5.60m (18′ 4.5″)
-Junior: 5.55m (18′ 2.5″)
-Senior: 5.71m (18′ 8.75″)
-5th Year: 5.70m (18′ 8.25″)
-2012: 5.72m (18′ 9.25″)
-2013: 5.61m (18′ 4.75″)
-2014: 5.45m (17′ 10.5″)
My favorite song is “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band.
My favorite article of clothing is socks.
My favorite vaulter is Derek Miles.
My favorite color depends on the application…
-On a car = burnt orange
-Clothing = light blue
-Hair dye = Manic Panic Blue Moon
-Lots of other things = red