Area of Expertise: Coaching
Education: Idaho State University, BS in Physical Education. NCCP Level III in Athletics-Jumps, Gymnastics-Trampoline.
Rob Pike joined the Spartans in the summer of 2012 as a generalist coach, with expertise in pole vault.
Pike joined the Spartans after working with the Mexican Federation as a coach for pole vaulter Giovanni Lanaro, in preparation for the London Olympic Games.
For the past 11 years Pike was with the Royal Glenora Club, from 2001-2011, in Edmonton where he worked with over 20 coaches and 100 athletes weekly including: Soccer, Hockey, Swimming, Figure Skating, Tennis, Squash and Badminton Programs, designing and guiding physical preparation plans and injury prevention performance. Utilization of the: “Canadian Long Term Athlete Development Program”, the “FMS baseline”, and integrating the matrix of meridian pathways to bring bodies into a natural state of balance and function, resulting in optimization of physical performance, lifestyle, and relief of worn bodies in senior-aged individuals continuing to seek physical enjoyment.
Prior to that Pike worked with the University of Alberta Track and Field Program, as well as the Capital City and Leduc Track Clubs, from 2001-2009. During this time Pike has developed multiple Canadian National team members and Alberta Provincial record holders.
Pike is a graduate of Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, where he attended on an athletic scholarship for decathlon.
After his graduation in 1994 Pike’s focus shifted to pole vault, where he competed internationally as an individual and for Canada at various meetings in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, and U.S.A. Such events as: World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Francophone Games, FISU Games and Pan-Am Games from 1995-2002.
In addition Pike is a Level III certified coach in Athletics – Jumps and Gymnastics – Trampoline and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Coaching Education Program.
Outside of athletics, Pike trained and volunteered teaching “Heroes” with Chris Banas, Pastor: Spruce Grove Community Church, which partnered with the city of Spruce Grove to deliver this character resiliency curriculum to the junior high and high school classes. He also volunteered for Junior high and High schools throughout Alberta with camps, clinics and athletics programs and provided movement instruction and mentoring to children, adults and coaches accounting for over 300 hours annually.
Pike also organized and participated in fundraising, special events and exhibitions for track and field and has done speaking engagements for motivation, encouragement and testimonial affairs.