Coach Than

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Samuel Beckett

I have a passion for jumping. 

I currently coach the high jump and pole vault for both Natick High School and Patriot Pole Vault Club. I encourage everyone to try these and other events. You may discover your own passion!

When I joined track as a freshman in 1986, I didn’t consider myself an athlete, and I had never even seen the high jump.  But after trying out a variety of events, I fell in love with the high jump. (Best 6’1″.)  As a sophomore at MIT, I discovered a second event: the triple jump. (Best 42’7.75″.) For the next 25 years, I competed in slalom water skiing, but then my daughter Sarah pulled me back into track, and it was time to learn my third event: the pole vault!  (Best so far 11′.)  Learning to vault as an old man has been one of the most fun adventures of my life.

Experience

Logistics Algorithms Engineer, PTCG Inc
(1994-2001)

Machine Vision Algorithms Engineer, Cognex Corporation
(2001 – 2021)

15 issued or pending patents

Assistant Track Coach, Jumps
(2017 – Present)