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Shean Conlon joined the University of Michigan men's and women's track and field staff in September 2010 and recently completed his sixth season working with the Wolverine pole vaulters.
Throughout his eight years of men's and women's collegiate pole vaulting experience, he has developed seven school record holders, 14 all-conference performers and three conference champions.
In four seasons at Michigan, he has directed five athletes to 14 scoring performances at the Big Ten Championships, including one Big Ten champion. He has also produced eight NCAA East Preliminary qualifiers, one five-time All-American and a multi-school record holder.
In 2014, Conlon helped two-time tri-captain Kiley Tobel cap her career as a five-time All-American with her Second Team All-America performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Originally setting a new indoor pole vault school record in 2012, Tobel improved that record to 4.25 meters (13-11.25) in 2014. Following the season, Tobel was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America second team after being named an Academic All-District V second team member in 2012 and 2013.
During the 2013 season, Conlon guided Tobel to All-America second team accolades at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, back-to-back All-Big Ten second team performances at the indoor and outdoor championships, as well as a pair of Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week citations. Tobel also set a new school record in the outdoor pole vault (4.25m, 13-11.25).
In 2012, Conlon directed Tobel to appearances at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, where she earned First and Second Team All-America honors, respectively. Tobel also received outdoor All-Big Ten second team accolades and was named U-M's Female Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Conlon also guided Jack Greenlee to the Big Ten Conference outdoor pole vault title, where he earned All-Big Ten first team honors.
In his first season with the Maize and Blue in 2011, Conlon produced three NCAA Preliminary Round qualifiers, one NCAA qualifier and helped Austin DeWildt and Tobel earn their team's respective Most Improved Athlete award. With Conlon's assistance, Greenlee and DeWildt each climbed into the all-time top 10 performance list at Michigan.
Conlon's coaching responsibilities with the Wolverines include designing and implementing innovative and personalized training programs for pole vaulters, which focus on speed, strength, power and gymnastic development, with a unified theme of improving technical efficiency. He also assists the coaching staffs in identifying and evaluating potential student-athletes. Conlon also coordinates all pole vault training during Michigan track and field camps and clinics.
In 2006, Conlon graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor's degree in archaeological studies and religious studies. He went on to earn a master's degree in exercise physiology from Eastern Michigan University, where he was a graduate assistant coach and completed a master's thesis on the "Effect of Recovery Duration on Acceleration and Blood Lactate Levels in Pole-Vaulters."
During his stint at EMU, Conlon coached two student-athletes to four All-MAC honors, as well as a two-time NCAA regional qualifier.
Prior to arriving at Eastern Michigan, Conlon spent two seasons at his alma mater, Oberlin College (Division II), where he competed from 2003-06.
While at Oberlin, Conlon coached seven student-athletes to 15 All-North Coach Athletic Conference (NCAC) performances. He also helped produce two NCAC champions and one NCAA provisional qualifier. Under Conlon's guidance, five school records were set by his student-athletes at Oberlin
Conlon is also a Level II-certified jumps coach, which is the second highest certification available from USA Track & Field.