Jason Graham
Position: Jumps
Phone: (208) 885-5101
Jason Graham was hired as assistant track and field coach in 2011 after 14 years as a volunteer assistant at Idaho. As a volunteer coach, Graham worked primarily with the pole vaulters, as well as jumpers and multi-athletes and helped build Idaho’s vaults program into one of the nation’s best. Since 2005, Graham’s vaulters have claimed 19 individual Western Athletic Conference titles, including the last five consecutive indoor and outdoor men’s crowns.

In 2012, Graham led the Vandal jumps to new heights. For the first time in school history, Idaho men’s jumps swept every event at the 2012 WAC Indoor Championships and scored a combined 77.5 points to lead the Vandals to their first men’s WAC title in any sport. Most impressive is that among the four disciplines (high jump, long jump, triple jump and pole vault) were four different winners at the meet. The team also added the individual champion and 20 points in the men’s heptathlon at the meet.

On the women’s side, he coached the first 12-foot, 13-foot and 14-foot vaulter in Vandal history, Melinda Owen. Undefeated head-to-head versus WAC competition for her career, Owen claimed a record six WAC pole vault titles and walked away with the WAC’s all-time outdoor record in the vault at 14-5¼ (4.40m), which was also the best mark in the nation in 2008. After her graduation in 2008, Owen was invited to the USA Track & Field Olympic Training Center. Following Owen was K.C. Dahlgren, a 2009 indoor All-American, two-time NCAA qualifier and three-time WAC champion who left the school ranked second all-time in the vault.

Graham’s men’s vaulters have also taken the program to new heights. Mike Carpenter became the first Vandal to crack the 17-foot barrier outdoors in 2008, then was followed by Jeremy Klas in 2010 and Lucas Pope in 2011. Pope and Klas became the first two Vandals to break 17 feet indoors in 2010, and Klas became Idaho’s first and only NCAA qualifier and All-American in the indoor pole vault the same year. Pope, who graduated in 2011 with five career WAC titles and Idaho’s outdoor school record (17-3) in his possession, was never beaten head-to-head by a non-Idaho WAC pole vaulter. Klas, a three-time All-American who owns four career WAC golds and has qualified for four NCAA Championship meets, is Idaho’s indoor school record holder (17-9¾) and is the only man in Idaho history to qualify for three-consecutive NCAA meets in the vault.

Graham has been a Vandal since 1988 when he came to Idaho as a student-athlete. He competed in the hurdles and the decathlon for Idaho and earned three Big Sky All-Academic honors from 1988-92.

Graham earned his B.S. in Secondary Mathematics and Physics Education from Idaho in 1994 and his M.S. in Secondary Science and Technology Education from Idaho in 1997. His wife’s name is Aimee and the couple has a daughter, Logan (1).
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