Explosion Athletics is an organization that specializes in the development of Athletes as well as educating athletes and coaches with the most current and correct information regarding the technique, training, and safety of the pole vault.  Furthermore, we are dedicated to providing these individuals the opportunity to receive progressive learning with individualized attention and present them with the necessary equipment and environment that caters to reaching their potential. In addition to all Track and Field events, our Coaches also develop general athleticism and sprint speed for Athletes in all sports.

Tim Sullivan 

Wake Forest Pole Vault and Vertical Jumps Coach

Tim Sullivan begins his third season as the Vertical Jumps Coach at Wake Forest for both the men and women. Since his arrival in the 2012/13 year Sullivan's high jumpers and pole vaulters have accounted for one All-American honor, four NCAA East meet qualifiers, one NCAA National Championship qualifier, one All-ACC performer, and four school records.

 Coach Sullivan and Sydney White at the 2014 NCAA Championships

In 2014, Sullivan's vertical jumpers elevated their success to an even higher level than the already impressive 2013 season. Sophomore pole vaulter Sydney White capped off the year for the Demon Deacons by earning All-American honors at the National Championship in Eugene, OR. White's remarkable NCAA run also ended in her breaking the Deacon record twice and improving her personal best to 4.20 meters (13'9.25").

Adding to the incredible 2014 season were the accomplishments of sophomore pole vaulter Michael Cyphers. Cyphers joined the Demon Deacons as a transfer in January 2014. Rapidly improving his personal best height, he captured both the Indoor and Outdoor school records and topped it off by scoring at the ACC Championships.

Also scoring for the Demon Deacons at the ACC Championships were Nyki Caldwell (HJ) and Katie Adair (PV). Both Caldwell (2013, 2014) and Adair (2013) took their success to the next level by qualifying to represent Wake Forest at the NCAA East meet

Prior to his time at Wake Forest, Sullivan spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma. In his two seasons in Norman, Sullivan coached two All-Americans in Alexandra Acker (2012) and Sarah Pappas (2011).

Acker finished fifth at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, earning her first All-American honor and qualifying her for the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR. She was the runner-up at the Big 12 outdoor conference meet and finished third in 2011. Acker also holds the Oklahoma program records in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault.

Pappas earned All-America honors in the pole vault after finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships in 2011. She took sixth in the event at the Big 12 outdoor meet and seventh indoors.

While at West Virginia University, Sullivan coached several All-Big East pole vaulters and qualified two athletes for the NCAA East Regional. Sullivan also helped the WVU program to a third-place finish at the 2009 ECAC Championships, matching the team's second-best finish in program history which was also accomplished in 2006 with Sullivan on staff. Sullivan and the West Virginia staff were named the 2007 Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. Furthermore, in 2009 Sullivan was selected to serve on the Olympic Pole Vault Development Committee.

On top of his responsibilities for the Mountaineers, Sullivan also served as the head coach and director of Explosion Athletics Incorporated pole vault club where he coached athletes of many ages. In only four years with the clubs existence in Morgantown, Sullivan's vaulters accumulated five West Virginia state titles and two from Pennsylvania.

Sullivan earned a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education from West Virginia University.

To elevate his education, Sullivan earned his USATF Level 1 Certification in 2007 and spent part of the 2014 summer earning a USTFCCCA Academy Jumps Specialist Certification under the tutelage of Boo Schexnayder.


John Vellenoweth Pennsylvania State University record holder, trained at Bell Athletics for 4 years, currently training with Tim Sullivan as a post collegiate pole vaulter and assistant coach at Wake Forest University.