Jim Townsend is in his first year coaching the men’s and women’s track & field teams at Johns Hopkins. Townsend is a pole vault specialist and is in his tenth year overall coaching the event. He competed as a vaulter for two years with the University at Buffalo and later spent three years coaching with the team. Townsend founded and coaches a pole vault club, Six Vaulting, that has developed nearly 100 vaulters between New York and Maryland since 2008. He has prepared dozens of vaulters to continue on to successful collegiate careers, with 11 of those competing for Division I schools. In three years at Buffalo, Townsend trained nine Mid-American Conference medalists in the vault, including a Conference Champion and All-NCAA East Region vaulter. He assisted with the multi-events as well, highlighted by a Heptathlete who had the top pole vault mark in the competition on his way to earning a Conference Title. From 2006-2012, Townsend coached both Lancaster High School and Six Vaulting. His vaulters won a combined four New York State titles and five Silver medals, 41 Section or County titles, and over 160 Section or County awards. In that time, 11 vaulters competed at the New Balance Nationals and one still holds the Section VI and Erie County Records. Townsend has been coaching at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, MD since 2012. He has worked with all of the field events and the hurdles during his tenure. In three years, the vaulters have brought home 3 State Championships and 10 State medals. Overall, 17 vaulters qualified on to the state meet, along with 10 athletes in other field events. As a high school athlete, Townsend was a New York State medalist with a personal record of 14'7". He won six County and Section titles and was the 2006 Dartmouth Relays champion.
In 2012, Townsend earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo.