|Title:||Assistant Coach - Pole Vault|
Dean Aurich is currently entering his seventh season in 2017 as the pole vault coach at UST. In 2014 alone, his Tommie pole vaulters and multi-event athletes won three All-America honors and three MIAC championships. Abby Baier (Indoor and Outdoor), Max Dunne (outdoor) were MIAC pole vault champs; Connor O’Neill placed fourth in the nation with an impressive 16-4 3-4 vault, a new UST school outdoor record; while Dunne placed sixth at outdoor nationals in the decathlon and and third in the indoor nationals in the heptathlon.
Dean has 30 years of head track and field coaching experience at the high-school level in Minnesota. His track and field teams at Mayer Lutheran High School won 23 conference team championships, participated in 16 True Team state meets which included three state championships. He was honored in 1997 as the Minnesota State Track and Field Coach of the Year in Class A and the True Team Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2000.
His specialty is coaching the pole vault, ranging from the middle -chool age to elite vaulters at the college level. Dozens of his high school vaulters competed at the Minnesota State High School Track and Field Championships, including two state champions.
Dean and his wife, Becky, have five children who were all pole-vaulters at the high school and collegiate levels.