VERNON WOLFE

'It's mind over matter'
March 23, 1959

One of the oddities of the sporting scene is that periodically one small community will produce a long string of outstanding athletes. In a Phoenix, Ariz. high school a small, sandy-haired man has been turning out some of the ablest young pole-vaulters and weight men in U.S. track. He is Vernon Wolfe, an ex-paratrooper and a transplanted Californian and very likely the most successful high school track coach in the country.

Wolfe arrived at North Phoenix High, a school that draws boys only from its own district, in 1954. In 1957 he produced Jim Brewer, the only high school pole-vaulter to clear 15 feet. The following year came Dallas Long, potentially the greatest shot-putter in the world. This year Wolfe has Karl Johnstone (above right), who recently shattered the listed high school discus record with a sling of 184 feet 11½ inches, and 15-year-old Wayne Coleman (above left), an outstanding prospect to improve the high school decathlon mark. For bringing along youngsters like these Wolfe has a double prescription: psychology and weight lifting. "If you believe you can do it," says Wolfe, "most of the time you can. It's mind over matter."

PHOTOPHIL BATH

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)