Captain Jake Gensic is beginning his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Air Force track and field program. He will work with the men's and women's pole vault event participants.
Gensic graduated from the Academy in 2000, with a B.S. in Management. He earned a MBA in Finance from Wright State in 2003 and spent three years as a budget officer for the HQ Air Force Material Command at Wright-Patterson AFB.
During his first three seasons as the Academy's pole vault coach, Gensic has coached four NCAA Championship qualifiers, back-to-back NCAA Midwest Region pole vault champions (Paul Gensic in 2004 and Makisi Haleck in 2005), a new school record in the men's pole vault (18'0½"), and a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier.
In addition, Gensic has also coached six of the top-10 men's Academy all-time marks and seven of the top-10 women's all-time USAFA marks.
A four-year letterwinner in track and field while at the Academy, he remains listed among the top-five pole vaulters in school history, both indoors and outdoors. Gensic's matching indoor and outdoor career-best marks of 17'0¾" ranks fifth all-time.
He was also a two-time runner up at the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference championships.
A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Gensic and his wife, Abbie, were married in August 2001.
He has four brothers, including Sam (a videographer), Ben (a 2001 graduate of the Academy), Paul (a 2005 graduate of the Academy) and Matt (a junior decathlete on the team).
Gensic is joined by his brothers, Ben and Paul, on the Academy's all-time pole vault top-marks list, with three of the top seven indoor marks and three of the top eight outdoor marks.