July 11, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville's Dale Cowper announced his first hiring on Thursday as director of cross country and track and field, adding Brooke Demo as an assistant coach to the Cardinals' staff.
Demo will coach primarily the pole vault group, while handling decathlon duties and serving as the home meet director.
"I'm excited to add Brooke Demo to our staff," Cowper said. "She is a promising young coach with the knowledge and energy needed to build a great vault tradition at UofL. I look forward to watching the program reach new heights under her direction."
An El Dorado, Kan., native, Demo comes to Louisville after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Kent State. There, she mainly worked with women's pole vault program, coached decathletes in the long jump and pole vault, and served as the team's director of operations.
"I'm really excited and honored to join Coach Cowper and the rest of the track and field staff at the University of Louisville," Demo said. "I can't wait to learn from the impressive staff that has been in place and bring in a different skill set that will help contribute to the championship level program. I'm very blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the entire Cardinal family. "
Demo mentored 13 all-conference performers, including conference champion Kim Preston, who won the Mid-American Conference indoor pole vault title in 2012. Under Demo's tutelage, Preston registered the No. 2 indoor and outdoor pole vault marks in school history. Collectively, Demo helped lead the women's team to five conference titles, including three-straight outdoor crowns.
Before joining Kent State, Demo worked at Oregon for the 2009-10 season, where she specifically assisted with the pole vaulting group. She helped oversee Melissa Gergel achieve indoor and outdoor All-America honors in the pole vault, while tying for third in the event at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships and placing third at the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships.
As a student-athlete at Wichita State, Demo excelled on and off the track, and was named the 2009 Missouri Valley NCAA Woman of the Year. The award recognizes a senior female student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership.
She was a two-time NCAA Championships and a four-time regional qualifier in the pole vault. She also recorded two provisional qualifying marks to the NCAA Indoor Championships. A two-year captain, she helped guide her team to five conference titles and, individually, won the Missouri Valley Conference pole vault title in 2005. Demo finished her career as a seven-time all-MVC selection (four indoor selections; three outdoor). Currently, she holds the school's outdoor record in the pole vault with a mark of 4.20m/13-9.25.
Academically, Demo graduated with honors with a 3.80 cumulative grade-point average in mathematics. She was a first team CoSIDA Academic All-District pick in 2007 after earning honorable mention accolades the previous year. Demo was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete three times, including being a first-team selection from 2006-07. A three-time MVC Honor Roll member, she twice was named to the Commissioner's Academic Excellence list. Upon her graduation in 2009, the MVC identified Demo as the Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete award winner.
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