The Santa Margarita Eagle Track & Field program is pleased to announce Luke Newman as the new boys and girls pole vault coach
November 1, 2019
Santa Margarita Announces Luke Newman as New Pole Vault Coach
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA. - The Santa Margarita Eagle Track & Field program is pleased to announce Luke Newman as the new boys and girls pole vault coach. Prior to Santa Margarita, Newman was the pole vault coach at Trabuco Hills from 2017-2019 and also coaches with well-renowned pole vault coach, Kevin Magula, at his club “Higher Flyers.”
Coach Newman attended Trabuco Hills where he was a team captain his junior and senior year. While at Trabuco, he was South Coast League Champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was ranked #1 in California his senior year. He was a 2014 California CIF State Finalist in the pole vault, placed 2nd in the 2015 California Indoor State Championship, and was the Orange County Champion in 2015. He was on the All-County team in 2015 and is the current school record holder at Trabuco Hills (15’9”), where he was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. In addition to the pole vault, Coach Newman also competed in both hurdles, the 4x400, and long jump. After high school, he went on to compete at Concordia University of Irvine.
Coach Newman’s goal is to continue the success and rich history at Santa Margarita in this event, with a vision of making it the most elite pole vault program in Orange County. Santa Margarita has had 13 individual CIF Champions in the pole vault, including two-time California State Champion Kaitlyn Merritt (2013 & 2015). The girls’ track and field program is coming off five consecutive CIF-SS Division 3 team Championships, and returns junior Nathalie Barnes who placed second at CIF Finals last year as a sophomore with her clearance of 10-06, while the boys program took second place in 2018.
Away from the track, Coach Newman owns his own Epoxy Flooring Company (Alpha Epoxy Coatings). He resides in San Clemente, is an avid surfer, and volunteers at his local church as a leader in their youth ministries.