Meet the Coaches

Coach Hal Fairbanks


Hal Fairbanks is the owner and Head Coach of Pole Vault Atlanta. He started PV-ATL in 2006 and has 32 yrs of Track & Field coaching experience with an emphasis in the pole vault. Hal is a former high school and collegiate pole vaulter. Over the years he has developed a simple system to teach beginners and help experienced pole vaulters.

Coach Fairbanks has used this system to produce 14 State champions, 21 State 2nd places, and 19 State 3rd’s in GHSA State pole vault competition over the last 9 yrs. None of these jumpers had more than two years experience before they reached the State elite level, with some jumpers seeing success even in their first year in the pole vault.

Coach Fairbanks is a USATF Level 1 Track & Field Certified Coach. Coach F is also now the Head Pole Vault Coach at Emory University in Atlanta.

Coach Matt Barry


Matt Barry vaulted at Riverwood High School in Atlanta, GA, where he competed in three state meets and was a three-time region champion, and Fulton County champion. He was a two-time State runner-up in 2000 and 2001 jumping a HS PR of 13-8.

Matt sprinted and vaulted at the University of New Hampshire. He vaulted in seven New England Championship meets. He finished his college career with a 14-10 PR.

At UNH, he earned his Bachelor’s in History and later went on to Georgia State University where he earned his Master’s in Teaching Social Studies. He has been a teacher and Head XC/Track coach at The Davis Academy since 2005. He is excited to officially join the PV-ATL Team and work with vaulters at all levels!

Coach Barry is a USATF Level 1 Track & Field Certified Coach.

Coach Shannon Riley

img_1655 We are now happy to include Coach Shannon Riley on our PV-ATL Coaching Team. Coach Riley has extensive experience with young people and the pole vault.

Shannon was the PV Coach at Berry College in Rome, Ga and is currently the PV coach at University of West GA. He is also the owner of West Georgia Pole Vault, specializing in sales and service of pole vault and track & field equipment.

Coach Riley is a USATF Certified Official and USATF Level 1 Certified Coach.

Coach Matt Intili

Coach Intili vaulted a PR of 13’2″ while at Dacula High school in Dacula, GA. He continued to vault on the collegiate level at Shorter University. While at Shorter University he was a member of the 2013 NAIA Indoor Mens Track & Filed National Championship team and the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Mens Track & Field National Championship team.

Matt is currently a full time  student at Kennesaw State University studying for a degree in Sports Management. He  has been a part of the PVATL team for the past 7 years. Matt is our expert in coaching our beginning pole vaulters. We feel he is the best beginner’s PV coach out there!