Crofton High School has hired Stacy Severtson as the head coach of the indoor track and outdoor track & field programs. Coach Severtson, originally from Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, participated in track & field collegiately at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
“I am extremely excited to have Coach Severtson join the staff at Crofton High School,” said Athletic Director Jeff Martin. “Her knowledge of the sport and the community will assist her in developing an excellent program.”
With experience competing in hurdles, jumps and sprints, Severtson called upon her gymnastics background to pursue pole vaulting, even though it was not a women’s event at the time. To help promote pole vault for women, she was given the opportunity to compete in exhibitions all over the country for USATF, NFHS, and the NCAA. She became a pioneer advocating and performing at a high level to make the pole vault an official event for women. Five years after she started, pole vault was finally adopted as an official track and field event for women.
Coach Severtson’s high school coaching experience includes time as an assistant at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale, Washington, and then as an assistant at South River High School. Coach Severtson has coached several athletes to county, region, and state podium finishes. Most recently, she assisted the South River High School boys in winning the 2020 4A Region Indoor Track Championships. She also coached the boys State 4A Pole Vault Champion and New Balance Nationals qualifier.
“As a resident of the Crofton area community, I am extremely honored and excited to be selected as the first track & field coach at Crofton High School,” said Coach Severtson. “This is a rare opportunity to build a new program from the ground up. I look forward to joining the enthusiastic team of coaches, teachers, and administrators at Crofton High School.”