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Kolby ShepherdVolunteer Assistant
College: Liberty ('11)
Start Date: 9/6/2012
After making significant improvement in the pole vault during his time on Liberty's track & field team, Kolby Shepherd is working with the Flames' current group of pole vaulters as a volunteer assistant coach for the second season in 2013-14.
Last year, Shepherd helped coach redshirt freshman Cody Bingham to a sweep of the Big South indoor and outdoor men's pole vault titles and a berth in the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. Bingham led the Flames' 1-2-3-4 sweep of the top placements in the Big South outdoor men's pole vault final.
Shepherd, who arrived at Liberty in the fall of 2007 with a modest pole vault personal best of 14-0, capped his collegiate career in style at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He made a first-attempt clearance at a new school-record height of 17-8.5, tying for fifth place and earning first team All-America honors.
Shepherd is one of the most highly-decorated pole vaulters in Big South Conference history, winning seven Big South pole vault titles (four indoor, three outdoor). His 17-8.5 clearance also tied the Big South all-time record for the men's pole vault.
A Dublin, Ga., native, Shepherd graduated from Liberty in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in biblical studies. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in youth ministry.