Welcome to Mansfield Athletics

Mansfield Athletic's mission is to help you maximize your potential as an athlete. We currently specialize in freestyle snowboarding ( superpipe, park and rails ) and pole vaulting, offering coaching, consultation and club services. Based out of Vermont, our primary services are provided in the New England area. At Mansfield Athletics, we believe successful athletes arise from their passion for the sport, utilization of skilled coaching, and dedication to their training program. Most importantly, it's about having fun!

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Owner and Athlete, Chris Mitchell

I am still a fellow athlete in the disciplines of freestyle snowboarding and pole vaulting. I have been snowboarding for 23+ years, starting back when the Burton Craig Kelly Mystery Air was the board to have. I have been competing in pipe and park since I was 15 years old. The USASA ( Mid-Atlantic, Northern Vermont, Southern Vermont, New Hampshire ) was the main event series I competed in for years. Eventually, I transitioned to larger events like the US Open, Grand Prix and other USSA and FIS sponsored events. I have held sponsorships through Burton and Oakley and have appeared in Transworld Snowboarding Magazine. A video shot in Jamie Mosberg’s film, “1999” and being the founder and president of the Penn State University Snowboard Club were other highlights of my snowboarding career. The point is, I love snowboarding and want to extend my experience and knowledge of the sport to other aspiring snowboard athletes.

At age 36, I am a “Masters” pole vault athlete. I started vaulting my sophomore year in high school. I walked on to the Penn State University track team in 1994 and vaulted for Penn State two consecutive years until the vault coach was let go, unfortunately ending my vaulting career abruptly. I jumped back into vaulting in 2004 as an athlete and coach. I have attended Jan Johnson’s “Sky Jumpers” pole vault camp multiple times. I attended a specialized coaches clinic run by well known Australian and Russian pole vault coaches, Alan Launder and Roman Botcharnikov. I am also a USATF Level II certified jumps coach. Along with my extensive research and experience in the pole vault, I have coached a local high school’s first state champ in the pole vault for three consecutive years. I currently coach Vermont's first girls and boys High School National Qualifiers. I have coached 8 Vermont State Champions in the pole vault. I am also personally on my way to clearing 15+ feet again in 2012. As with my love for snowboarding, pole vaulting is also a passion. With the lack of support and resources for pole vaulting in the USA, not to mention the New England area, I want to pass on my vaulting expertise to aspiring athletes and help them safely reach their full potential as a vaulter.

During the work week, I'm an Engineer at IBM designing digital microchips in Williston, VT. Come the weekend, my focus is on snowboarding, pole vaulting and coaching up and coming athletes to reach their full potential. It just goes to show, you can still be involved in elite athletics while getting a great college education and having a fulfilling job.