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Pole vaulting coach Dennis Francis talks with Wes Evansen during practice. Francis became head coach in 2010 after being assistant coach since 2001. (Star Gazette photo by Katie Thomas)

Coach Francis looks to expand pole vaulting program in Hastings

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Hastings High School pole vaulting coach Dennis Francis has been coaching for as long as he can remember. He began coaching at a junior high school in 1969.

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While in high school, he participated in many sports including football, basketball, and hockey. He did not, however, compete in pole vaulting.

"I was always fascinated with track," said Francis. "Track and the Olympics were bigger events back in my day. They seemed to always be going on."

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