Bellingham High School, Squalicum High School
Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Rod Kammenga joins the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame as the first assistant coach to be inducted. He is one of the premier pole vault and jumps coaches in Washington State history. He is one of the pioneers of the WIAA pole vault certification and he is a popular pole vault and jump clinician. Rod has been a key supporter of the WSTFCA Convention since its creation. His track and field coaching career has spanned 38 years mostly at Bellingham and Squalicum high schools.
Rod was a key member of a coaching staff at Bellingham High School that led the Red Raiders to four state titles – two boys championships and two girls championships. His jumpers and vaulters led the Bellingham Boys and Girls teams to unprecedented dual meet success, nine NWL boys titles, seven NWL girls titles and 1 Squalicum Boys team title. As an event coach, the success his athletes have enjoyed speaks for itself. He has coached and mentored seven state champion pole vaulters, two state champion long jumpers, three state champion high jumpers, the current 2A state meet record holder, and so many state placers that we do not have enough room on the page to list each one individually. His high jump relay set a state record in 1985 at 19’ 8.” In the pole vault, Rod has developed some of the states top athletes. He has led ten boys vaulters over 14’, four over 15’, four over 16’ and ten on the all-time list for Washington State. He was one of the coaches at the forefront of girls joining the event. He guided two girl vaulters over 10’ and two over 11.’ He has coached twelve high jumpers over 6’ 6” and has six high jumpers on the all-time list for Washington State.