Jan Johnson was the 1972 Olympic bronze medalist for the pole vault. During the summer of 1972, the late Steve Prefontaine was one of the guys who liked to carry poles with Jan Johnson through the airports of Europe. The two of them together must have been a sight to see ! Jan Johnson was also quoted in one of Kenny Moore's Sports Illustrated features, the Long Blue Line, about having oatmeal and applesauce for breakfast: "the power of a thousand butterflies".
Jan has been my friend and counsel for over twenty years. He allowed us to send a neophyte pole vaulter to his camps and write a piece, Howard Goes to Camp, which has kept cult like status since its writing in 1991.
I can not recommend a coach more than by saying, that if my son, or perhaps, someday, grand son, was to pursue the pole vault, I would send him to Jan Johnson. Not much more can be said. The guy loves the sport, loves the vault and is a man of huge optimism and faith. Without his support, I would have never got American Athletics magazine off the ground.
I suggest that you check out his camps if you are an athlete or coach.