Russ VerSteeg was named indoor track and field Assistant Coach of the Year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association at the 19th Annual Connecticut Indoor Track All-State Banquet. VerSteeg has served as the pole vault coach for the boys and girls’ indoor and outdoor track teams at NFA since 2004.
VerSteeg has coached a total of sixteen Class LL champions in girl’s pole vault as well as eight State Open champions. His NFA alumni have competed at UConn, Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Notre Dame. In 2002, VerSteeg’s efforts were instrumental in the CIAC’s introduction of girls pole vault to the Connecticut track and field order of events.
In addition to coaching at NFA, VerSteeg founded and serves as the head coach of Sky Jumpers Connecticut, a private pole vaulting club based in North Franklin, CT, that aims to provide additional opportunities for CT student-athletes to pole vault. In 2008, he co-authored with 1972 Olympic bronze medalist Jan Johnson Illustrated History of the Pole Vault
VerSteeg teaches law at the New England School of Law in Boston, MA, where he specializes in intellectual property, legal history, and the intersection of sports safety and law, particularly with regard to the pole vault. He lives in Norwich with his wife, beloved NFA Classics teacher Nina Barclay.