Ohio State hosts annual season-opener Friday afternoon at French Field House
Events begin at 4 p.m. ET
OSU hosts Buckeye Classic Friday at French Field House
Ohio State track and field hosts the Buckeye Classic at French Field House.
Photos by Jeff Mills
Rob Banhagel is in his fifth season as a volunteer assistant for the Ohio State track and field program. He works with the Buckeye pole vaulters and decathletes.
In his first four years at Ohio State, Coach Banhagel has guided four athletes into the NCAA Regional Qualifying Round, three of which were walk-on recruits. Under Banhagel’s guidance, then senior Tyler Borton finished in the top ten at the 2014 B1G Outdoor Championships with a personal record jump of 5.10m which earned him a trip to the NCAA Regional Qualifying round. In 2015, with a very young squad under him, Coach Banhagel guided Freshman Cole Gorski, despite being injured the entire indoor season, a 10th place finish at the B1G Outdoor Championships with a personal record of 5.01m. The same year, Banhagel coached (redshirt) freshman Nick Schrader to a 2nd place finish at the 2015 Jesse Owens Classic with a personal record of 5.20m, which earned him a trip to the NCAA Regional Qualifying round. Nick Schrader was also named a USFTCCCA Academic All-American. In 2016, Coach Banhagel directed freshman Coty Cobb to a 6th place finish at B1G Outdoor Championships, a trip to the NCAA Regional Qualifying round and qualifying trip to the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.
Prior to Ohio State, Rob coached at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio. While at Gahanna, Rob gained national recognition while working with Jacob Blankenship who, under Rob’s guidance, broke meet, school, conference, divisional, regional and state records on his way to being a 2012 OATCCC Indoor State Champion and indoor state record holder, two-time OHSAA State Outdoor Champion and outdoor state record holder, USA Today All-USA Track and Field Member 2011 and 2012, IAAF World Youth Games Bronze Medalist 2011, New Balance Outdoor Champion 2011, New Balance Indoor Champion 2012, All State 2010, 2011 and 2012, All Conference 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and 2012 Midwest Meet of Champions second place finish. Blankenship finalized the 2012 indoor season being ranked No. 3 in the nation with a vault of 5.35m (17-6.50) and finished the 2012 outdoor season ranked No. 3 in the nation with a vault of 5.23m (17-2) and topped the 17 foot barrier fourteen times.
As a student-athlete, Rob competed at Western Michigan University, and at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA where he trained under Jan Johnson, 1972 Olympic Bronze Medalist and former World Record Holder. Rob traveled the U.S. with Jan as an assistant coach for Sky Jumpers Pole Vault Camps. Rob was part of the Cal Poly-Cuesta College Pole Vault surge during the early 90’s and held the record at Cuesta College for 7 years with a jump of 16’ 8” and is still listed in the top-30 Central Coast All-Time list. His PR is 5.35m (17-6.5) while jumping unattached.
Coach Banhagel has his Track & Field Technical Certification through the USTFCCCA and has been in a coaching capacity for 12+ years.
Rob is a native of Ionia, MI.