About our coaches


Bryan Carrel

Founder/Head Coach

Bryan Carrel enters his 15th season as a volunteer coach with the Illinois Men's and 13th with the Illinois Women's track and field teams, working primarily with the pole vaulters. He started offering club opportunities in Terre Haute in 1994. Prior to his time at Illinois Carrel coached at Indiana State and Central Michigan as the pole vault and jumps coach. A four-time national qualifier in the pole vault during his collegiate career at Indiana State, Carrel is still the ISU outdoor school record holder in the event and was ranked among the top pole vaulters in the country during both his prep and collegiate careers. Carrel is a 1996 graduate of Indiana State with a degree in education. Prior to his enrollment at Indiana State, Carrel spent four years with the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. In addition to his coaching duties, Carrel is employed at Gill Athletics specializing in pole vault equipment. 


Dave Cluver

Pole Vault Coach

David Cluver has been involved with coaching the pole vault for 7 years.  David completed his collegiate pole vault and hurdles career at Millikin University. While there, he earned All-Conference honors in the pole vault and 110 high hurdles eight times for the CCIW. Following his time at Millikin University, David served in the United States Marine Corps deploying twice to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior to joining the Pole Vault Junkies, David was the pole vault and hurdles coach at Swansboro High School in Swansboro, North Carolina.  While there, David had state qualifiers each year and boasts two state champions. In addition to David’s coaching duties, he is employed at Gill Athletics as their pole vault specialist.   


Alex Dzurick

High Jump Coach

Alex Dzurick is a graduate student in Education Policy at UIUC. Alex has been addicted to the high jump ever since doing his best to compete in the eighth grade back home in mid-Missouri. Since 2010, Alex has been a certified USATF official, primarily working with the high jump, and has worked dozens of meets in Missouri (and occasionally Kansas and Oklahoma). He spent one season coaching middle school throwers, but always snuck over to the high jump to watch when he could. Over the past three summers (2013-2015), Alex coached high jump for the Blue Thunder Track Club in Columbia, MO, before moving to Champaign to go back to school and finding out about the amazing things PV Junkies was doing!