Two-Time NCAA Champ Leaves Tremendous Legacy as a Collegian
Now in his second season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ole Miss track & field program, Scott Kendricks has helped lead the pole vaulters at his alma mater to record-breaking accomplishments since his arrival in the fall of 2012.
Sam Kendricks, Scott's son, captured the first pole vault national title in school history with a victory at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. It was the 13th NCAA individual title overall for the Ole Miss track & field program and highlighted an incredible season for the sophomore from Oxford. Through the 2013 outdoor campaign, Sam broke his own indoor and outdoor school records by 12 inches each, posting new marks of 18-4.5 in the indoor season and 19-0.75 outdoors. His record outdoor mark was the world leader for several weeks and was the best NCAA vault since 1998 and No. 5 all-time in collegiate competition. In addition to his outdoor national title, he achieved third place at the NCAA indoor meet. He went on to compete at the 2013 World University Games, earning the gold medal in Kazan, Russia.
Scott Kendricks joined the Rebel staff after 14 years as head cross country and track coach at Oxford High School, which he established in 1999. He led Oxford to 11 state championships during those 14 years.
Although he coached 62 individual state champions in all 17 high school track events, along with five All-Americans, Kendricks became a respected specialist in the vertical jumps of pole vault and high jump. Kendricks coached 21 state medalists and 11 state champions in the pole vault and three high jumpers that achieved heights of 6-10 (Kenny Mullin), 6-11 (Cortez Harris) and 7-2.5 (Justin Fondren). Fondren tied the freshman national record of 7-0, placed second at nationals as a 10th grader, became national champion as an 11th grader and took second at the World Youth Games under Kendricks.
In the pole vault, Kendricks guided his own son from 8-6 as a 7th grader to 17-0 as a senior, which is the highest vault all-time by a Mississippi scholastic vaulter. During 2012, Scott continued to work with his son and Ole Miss vault coach Doug Blackwell as Sam set Ole Miss indoor (17-4.5) and outdoor (18-0.5) records during his freshman year.
While at Oxford High School, Kendricks and his girls vault squad successfully lobbied the State of Mississippi to allow girls to vault in the Mississippi State Meet. His girls won eight out of the nine (4A and 5A) state titles since the event began in 2004 and they won both boy and girls' 5A titles for three consecutive years (2010-2012).
Kendricks also coached All-American sprinter Horatio Williams while at Oxford along with 18 other athletes who qualified for the National Scholastic Championships in the sprints, jumps and relays. Kendricks was chosen Mississippi High School Coach of the Year three times.
While at Oxford High School, Kendricks' Chargers never lost a home invitational track meet, practice meet or dual meet during his entire tenure of 14 years. During that same time period, many of his athletes and relay teams posted some of the best marks in the nation. Several times during his high school coaching career, Oxford High was ranked by Dyestat as one of the top five schools in the U.S. for vertical jumps, sprints and relays.
Kendricks lettered in varsity track under head coach Joe Walker when he attended Ole Miss from 1979-83. After graduation, he served as a United States Marines captain where he served as a Reconnaissance and Light Attack Pilot.
He is married to Marni Kendricks, who is the Assistant Dean of Engineering at Ole Miss. They have twin sons, Sam and Tom (who both attend Ole Miss), along with a 13-year-old daughter, Charli, and an 8-year-old son, John Scott.
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