About our coaches


Bryan Carrel

Founder/Head Coach

Bryan Carrel enters his 18th season as a volunteer coach with the Illinois Men's and 16th 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.   

Mike Willard 

Throws Coach

Originally from Mahomet, Illinois Coach Willard attended the University of Illinois where he was a walk-on thrower for the track team.  While at the Univ. of Illinois, he majored in kinesiology with an emphasis in physical education.  After graduation in 2000 he coached high school track for one year at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in St. Joseph, IL.  Four athletes qualified for the state track meet that year in the throws, two in the shot put and two in the discus.  One finished second in the discus and another finished third in the shot put.  In 2001, he became the men's and women's throws coach at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Four of his athletes won Conference USA Championships and four athletes qualified for the NCAA outdoor national championships.  He left Tulane in 2004 to work for First to the Finish in Carlinville, IL and in August 2005 he began working at Gill Athletics.