Built On A Foundation of Success
We’ve got it all, from poles, equipment, lodging, and most importantly, some of the best coaching in the sport. Our coaching staff brings years of expertise and success with numerous high level athletes throughout the county to our world class indoor facility. If you are looking for the best place to train for the sport, look no further. It’s all here. Our goal is to take your performance to the next level. We offer a comprehensive year long training program, camps, private coaching, and group sessions to accommodate all athletes. Whether you are a beginner or advanced athlete, in town, or from out of town, we have a program to suit your needs.
With a closet rod standing in as a bar, and a PVC pipe as a pole, Doug Lytle began teaching himself the fundamentals of pole vaulting at the age of 12. Since then, his determination to succeed resulted in remarkable performances throughout high school that led to a full ride track scholarship to Kansas State University and ultimately a spot on the US Olympic team. Doug has continued his passion for excellence throughout life and is now the President of a large cabinet company in Kansas City. He also owns and manages three other businesses, including Xtreme Athletics. Xtreme Athletics began as Doug’s dream to give local athletes in Kansas City the proper equipment and training that the sport of vaulting requires. He has dedicated an immense amount of time and resources to building the gym into a world class facility that is devoted to the proper education and development of athletes in the sport of pole vaulting. His dream is to give every athlete in the sport the best advantage and opportunity to achieve their goals, no matter how high.
Coach Attig brings over 30 years of experience in coaching vaulters to Xtreme Athletics. As Assistant Track and Field coach at both the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska, Rick has coached over forty eight Big 8/12 conference champions. In 2003 he coached the NCAA Outdoor National Pole Vault Champion. In 2005, he coached two of the three top ranked vaulters in the nation, and in the 2005-2006 season he coached 6 NCAA All Americans. He has coached athletes to seven national championships and two NCAA record holders. Coach Attig also coached former American Record Holder and Olympian Scott Huffman. He has served as the National Pole Vault Development Chairman and wrote the USA Track & Field Pole Vault Manual. He developed five videos on the Pole Vault, three jumps videos, and wrote a drills book on jumping events. Coach Attig is a certified USA Track & Field Master Coach in the Jumps and Pole Vault. Over the course of his career he has coached eleven male vaulters over 18 feet and ten female vaulters over 13’.
Coach Hankins celebrated his 25th year of coaching the pole vault and 35th year of association with the event. During that time, Coach Hankins has coached at 4 colleges and 3 high schools. One of his more notable accomplishments was his role as the jumps coach for Johnson County Community College. In 2005 at the National Junior College Indoor Championships, his men’s pole vault squad placed 1st, 2nd and 4th and his women’s pole vault squad placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Consequently, he was nominated for the National Junior College Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2005. To date, Coach Hankins has coached 7 collegiate pole vault National Champions and 23 collegiate All Americans in addition to numerous Missouri and Kansas All-State athletes.Coach Hankins has had the privilege of learning from and studying with many of the best pole vault coaches in the United States to include: Jan Johnson, Bill Falk, Rick Attig, Earl Bell, Tom Hays and Todd Cooper. Subsequently, he is readily able to employ multiple pole vault models and modalities.