Last Updated September 18, 2014
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Talen Singer begins his ninth season as an assistant coach at Villanova in 2014-15. He works with the pole vault group and the high jumpers for both the men's and women's teams.
Since joining the Wildcats coaching staff, Singer has guided his athletes to a total of 26 All-BIG EAST honors while mentoring six individual BIG EAST champions. He has seen the school record in the women's pole vault be broken by six different athletes in the last five years alone, and overall has coached nine of the top 10 women's pole vaulters in school history.
Singer has also coached two of the top three women's high jumpers in school history in addition to working with several of the Villanova program's top athletes in the long jump and the triple jump.
Last season was a banner year for the Wildcats, as Villanova swept the men's and women's team titles at the BIG EAST Championships both indoors and outdoors. A big part of those conference championships was the Wildcats success in the pole vault and the jumps. On the men's side, Elbert Maxwell qualified for the outdoor NCAA Championships in the long jump and earned honorable mention All-BIG EAST honors. He won BIG EAST titles in the long jump during both the indoor and outdoor seasons and was also an All-BIG EAST performer in the high jump both indoors and outdoors. In addition, Chris Dougherty and Kolby Koeck each were All-BIG EAST performers in the pole vault. Dougherty earned the honor both indoors and outdoors, while Koeck notched his all-conference honor with a second place finish at the outdoor BIG EAST meet. Two other top performers for the men's team during the 2013-14 campaign were PJ Succi and Robert Cacace in the multi events. Succi and Cacace finished second and third, respectively, in the heptathlon at the indoor BIG EAST Championships to earn All-BIG EAST honors, while Succi won the outdoor conference title in the decathlon.
In the women's pole vault, Alexandra Wasik broke the existing school record in the final meet of the indoor season, then eclipsed her own mark with another new record outdoors. Her existing standard of 4.15 meters came at the NCAA East Preliminary, where she came in 13th in a field of 41 competitors. Wasik was both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST champion in the pole vault and the Wildcats dominated the event. Wasik, Bianca Reo and Virginia LaMacchia tallied a 1-2-3 sweep at the indoor conference meet. At the outdoor meet, Villanova swept the top five spots in the event with Wasik winning the conference title ahead of LaMacchia, Reo, Abigail Nolte and Kathleen McPhillips. Singer also guided Anne Yahiro to a BIG EAST title indoors in the triple jump in 2014, as well as All-BIG EAST honors outdoors. Yahiro is ranked fourth in school history in the triple jump as well as seventh in the long jump.
Wasik broke the school pole vault record of 4.11 meters which Ashlyn Llerandi set in 2010 in a performance which earned her the ECAC indoor title. Llerandi was also a two-time All-BIG EAST performer. Wasik and Llerandi account for the top 10 overall performances in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors, while four members of the current team (Wasik, McPhillips, LaMacchia and Nolte) are among the top 10 individual performers in the school record book.
High jumper Samantha Yeats also experienced a great deal of success under Singer's tutelage. During the 2013 outdoor season, she was the champion of the College section of the high jump at the Penn Relays. Later in the year, she came in sixth at the BIG EAST Championships and was the runner-up at the ECAC Championship before competing at the NCAA East Regional for the second straight year.
Another accomplishment for Yeats in 2013 was setting a personal best in the high jump with a mark of 1.79 meters. This mark elevated her to second in school history and broke a tie for second place that she held with Audrey Gariepy-Bogui, a 2011 graduate who was also coached by Singer. Gariepy-Bogui set her personal best mark of 1.78 meters as a senior, when she tied for a 13th place finish at the 2011 NCAA East Regional. That year she was also won the Eastern section of the high jump at the Penn Relays and came in sixth at the BIG EAST Championships.
On the men's side, Singer coached Matthew Sidney to All-BIG EAST honors in the high jump during the 2012 outdoor season. At the conference meet that year Sidney came in third and established a personal best with a height of 2.07 meters. Earler in the year Sidney was also a scorer at the indoor conference meet, where he came in fifth in the high jump with a mark of 2.04 meters.
In addition to his coaching duties at Villanova, Singer spent 15 years as a coach at Phoenixville Area High School, first as the jumps coach and then as the head coach of both the boys' and girls' programs. As head coach at Phoenixville, Singer led his teams to three PAC-10 championships, including two on the boys side and one with the girls team. On an individual level, he mentored numerous district, state and national medalists.
Singer is a founding board member of the National Pole Vault Safety Certification Board (PVSCB). He has been a SkyJumpers clinic coach for 11 years and is a member of the NSCA.
Singer graduated from West Chester in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology.