Coach Larry Simms has been with Victory Athletics since the beginning. As a parent, Larry wanted to learn to help his sons so he started asking questions at practice. Coach Larry began going to coaching-clinics and seeking knowledge from the top coaches in the area. Attending coaching clinics and participating in the UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit over the years Coach Larry has become one of Orange County's top high school coaches. While leading the Servite Friars and Rosary Royals pole vault program since 2007 he has had multiple state finalists. Coach Larry has been an invaluable piece of Victory Athletics' success in helping our athletes achieve new Personal bests all while leading a large group to some amazing collegiate opportunities.
With the 2-headed coaching approach, Coach BJ and Larry work seamlessly together. With having two sets of eyes on their athletes at most competitions, their two perspectives mold into one and the student-athlete is given the best opportunity to succeed.
Larry is a father of 4 athletic boys, and has 4 beautiful grandsons.
Coach Larry Simms
Coach BJ Vandrovec
Coach BJ has been in the Orange County pole vault community since 1997 where he started vaulting his Freshman year at Fountain Valley High school. He began vaulting after watching his older brother break records and having the time of his life. After High School, Coach BJ spent time at Golden West College, Michigan State University and Cal. State Fullerton where he finished with a B.A. in Communications, Public Relations. Later he completed his Masters in Coaching and Athletics Administration while coaching at Concordia University in Irvine. Coach BJ is USA Track and Field level 1 certified, coached 4 years at the NCAA Division 1 level at Cal State Fullerton, coached an elite athlete to the 2012 and 2016 USA Olympic Trials and recently had an athlete qualify for the World Youth (U-18) Championships in 2015 and World Junior Championships (U-20). Spending time on the UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit Staff he has built an expansive network of coaches and colleagues across the nation.
His parents and two brothers still reside in the Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach area and continue to be a supportive influence in his life.