All set personal bests during their performances
First place finish in 800 meter race propels her from fifth to third at the end of the day
Metairie, La., native does not clear height, but gains valuable experience at highest level
First Greenie pole vaulter to compete for event title at NCAA Championships
Sophomore clears the 4.00 meter mark for the fourth time this season
Doug Fraley enters his first season with the Tulane Track and Field program and will work with the jumps and multi-event athletes during his stay on the Uptown campus. Fraley comes from a family steeped in track and field tradition, with his father holding the head coaching Job at Fresno State, and has been involved with the New Orleans track and field scene on a large scale for much of the past 15 years.
A three-time NCAA National Champion in the pole vault, Fraley has coached kids at the high school and college level since taking his first coaching job as a graduate assistant for his father at Fresno State University. He spent one season on the Bulldogs coaching staff before heading to the Crescent City to open the Spine Care Center of Metairie in 1995.
Over the past 15 years, Fraley has been a staple on the New Orleans track and field scene, coaching with various high school and club organizations, along with officiating in the area. His pupils have gone on to win 15 LHSAA State Championships in the pole vault, and claim multiple long jump, triple jump and high jump titles. Fraley has seen four of his understudies win USATF or AAU National titles and many others have enjoyed success on a national level.
He coached Merritt Van Meter (Country Day High School) to a nation's best clearance of 13'8 ¼" in the pole vault in 2010, a mark which won her the LHSAA 1A State Championship and set the state record. Dalton Duvio (John Curtis High School) was a two-time state champion in the pole vault and ranked sixth nationally in the event in 2011 with a vault of 17'1".
He served in some capacity at the high school ranks for 11 years and worked with student-athletes from many of the area's top programs. While coaching at the high school level, Fraley helped tutor 14 student-athletes that earned the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. They have studied on both the east and west coasts and include schools like Tulane, Chicago, LSU, Georgia, Yale, Stanford, Southeastern Louisiana, North Carolina and Harvard.
This won't be Fraley's first stint at Tulane, either, as he spent one season with the Green Wave as a volunteer pole vault coach under former head coach Ron Basile in 1996-97. During that season, he coached Robbie Manard, the 1997 Conference USA Championship pole vault champion, and helped him set the school record in the event with a height of 16'8 ¾".
Fraley has been fortunate enough to work with some of the world's top coaches and biomechanics from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Sweden, Russia and the United States. He has studied the areas of technique, speed, strength and kinesthetic development and even contributed as the co-author of the pole vault chapter in the "Complete Book of Jumps", which was written by Ed Jacoby and, his father, Bob Fraley.
He continues to contribute to the growth of track and field by serving as a member of the United States Track and Field Pole Vault Development coaching staff, a post he has held since 1995, and acting as the Director of Coaching for the Mardi Gras Track Club in New Orleans. He has been a keynote speaker and is an annual lecturer at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. and has acted as the Master of Ceremonies at the National Pole Vault Summit and the North American Pole Vault Championships, both events which he helped organize.
His athletic resume boasts three individual national championships, a personal best clearance of 19'1/4" and numerous national and international experiences. While an undergraduate at Fresno State, Fraley won the 1986 NCAA Indoor Pole Vault Championship and followed that performance up by grabbing the crown in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault in 1987. He was selected to Fresno State University athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and entered the Fresno County Hall of Fame in 2004.
After college, Fraley continued to compete on a regular basis as a part of the International Association of Athletics Federations Grand Prix circuit and qualified for six USA National Teams. He qualified for multiple World Grand Prix Finals and finished fourth overall at the event in 1987. His personal record was collected in 1992 when he cleared 19-feet and one-quarter inch at a competition in Sestriere, Italy.