Photos of the Illinois men's track & field team at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships February 27-28, 2015.
Bryan Carrel enters his 12th season as a volunteer coach for the Illinois men's track and field team, working primarily with the pole vaulters. Carrel also is a volunteer assistant for the Illini women's program. During his coaching tenure, Carrel has helped coach a pair of NCAA qualifiers in the event, including Andrew Zollner, who competed for Illinois at the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In 2009, Zollner notched a career-best mark of 17-3 and placed second at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third year in a row.
In 2008, Zollner vaulted over 17 feet for the first time in his career with a mark of 17-1 at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive year. Freshman Will Schaeffer had a personal-best height of 16-2 3/4 at the Big Ten Championships to just miss the scoring column. On the women's side, Amanda Pintaro and Jackie Ziegler both set career-best indoor marks of 12-7 1/2 at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational. During the 2007 season, Carrel guided three Illini women pole vaulters, Pintaro, Ziegler and Ashley Whittaker, to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, as all three also scored for Illinois at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Prior to his time at Illinois, Carrel enjoyed nine years in the coaching profession, spending eight seasons at Indiana State as a pole vault and jumps coach and one season at Central Michigan.
A four-time national qualifier in the pole vault during his collegiate career at Indiana State, Carrel is still the ISU outdoor school record holder in the event and was ranked among the top pole vaulters in the country during both his prep and collegiate careers. Carrel is a 1996 graduate of Indiana State with a degree in education.
Prior to his enrollment at Indiana State, Carrel spent four years with the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. In addition to his coaching duties, Carrel also is a Technical Sales Representative of pole vault equipment for Gill Athletics.
Carrel and his wife, Lori, have two sons, Brandon and Tyler.