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Matt Vining
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Arkansas State

This 2018-2019 season begins Matt Vining's ninth season of coaching at Arkansas State. His coaching duties include overseeing those A-State athletes who compete in the pole vault, high jump and multi events. Vining holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and is a U.S. Track and Field (USATF) certified Level 1 coach. Over his tenure, Vining has coached 28 Sun Belt Conference Individual Champions, 59 All-Sun Belt Medalists, 25 NCAA West Regional Qualifiers and five All-American performances.

In his prior five years at A-State, Vining coached four-straight Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Decathlon Champions in Ethan Turpen (2011, 2013 and 2014) and Will Oliver (2012). Those two also rank as the top two athletes in A-State's men's program history in the indoor heptathlon as well as the top female indoor multi eventer in school history in Samone Thompson (2016). Thompson won both the indoor and outdoor female multi events in the Sun Belt in 2016. He coached Turpen to the SBC Decathlon meet record in 2014 (7294 pts.) and Oliver to the SBC Heptathlon overall record (5423 pts.).

Vining has coached two different All-American pole vaulters in Ethan Sandusky (2015), and Stephanie Foreman (2013). Sandusky jumped to the Sun Belt record (17-10.5) in 2015 and was a three time Sun Belt Champ. Foreman graduated with the Sun Belt meet records both indoor (13-8.25) and outdoor (13-8.5) and as the first vaulter in Sun Belt history to jump 14 feet. Other Sun Belt Champions include Alexandra Pevtsova, who was a two time conference champion (2013, 2015) with a personal best of 13-1.5. In 2018 Michael Carr became the first A-State vaulter to jump 18 feet in over 2 decades when he eclipsed 5.50m (18-0.75) during the outdoor season.

Vining's high jumpers have had great success in recent years. Kashef Daniel won a Sun Belt title in 2014 while also qualifying for two straight NCAA prelims in the event.  Daniel set the Trinidad and Tobago national high jump record in 2014 both indoors and outdoors (7-1) under Vining. Darragh May had the highest jump in the Sun Belt both indoor and outdoor in 2015 and jumped to a personal best 1.80m in 2017. She qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary round three times in her career. Tiaan Steenkamp joined the list of NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers making the trip in 2016 & 2017, while earning all-American honors in 2017 with a personal best of 7-2.

In addition to coaching at A-State, Vining ran track and field for Arkansas State from 2003-08. He competed in the decathlon and heptathlon as well as being an All-Sun Belt Conference performer in the pole vault, javelin and high jump. He was a two-time indoor and outdoor champion in the multi events. He also graduated with the school and Sun Belt conference overall records in the indoor heptathlon (5193 pts).

A third generation coach, Vining has worked with both high school and college-aged athletes. 

A graduate of Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs, Ark., Vining was the 2003 Arkansas decathlon state champion. He has had the privilege of working under several distinguished coaches such as Karl Koonce (Lake Hamilton High School), Lon Badeaux (former A-State head coach and current Louisiana-Lafayette head coach), Joe Cebulski (former top five USA Decathlete) and Earl Bell (world renowned pole vault coach and former world record holder).

Coach Vining is married to Kelli McKesson Vining, and the couple has two children, Levi and Lexi.

Coaching Record
Coaching Experience
Arkansas State, Assistant Coach 2009-present


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