Coach Bennett
April Steiner Bennett
Personal information
Full nameApril Steiner Bennett
National teamUnited States
Born (1980-04-22) April 22, 1980 (age 41)
Mesa, Arizona, United States
OccupationXC and Track teacher and Robotics Teacher
CountryUnited States
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Pole vault
University teamUniversity of Arkansas
Now coachingWoodland XC and Track
Achievements and titles
Regional finalsSilver medal (2007 Pan Am Games)
Olympic finals8th (2008)
Personal best(s)4.63m
Updated on June 13, 2017.

April Steiner Bennett (born April 22, 1980) is an American pole vaulter. Her personal best is 4.63 metres (15.2 ft), achieved in April 2008 in Norman, Oklahoma.[1]

Personal life

Bennett was born in Mesa, Arizona, United States. She is a Latter-day Saint.[2]In 2004 she won Season 5, Episode 14 of Fear Factor. August 25th 2008 She graduated from the University of Arkansas where she serves as a volunteer assistant coach.[3] She was also a gym teacher at Hellstern Middle School in Springdale, Arkansas, and is currently an athletics coach at Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas

As of 2021 Bennett was living in Fayetteville.

Sporting career

She was Jessie Graff's idol in university, and competitor at collegiate pole vault meets.[4]

She won the silver medal at the 2007 Pan Am Games in pole vault representing USA.[4]

She finished 8th at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics in pole vault represented USA.[4]

Inspired by Jessie Graff's performance in American Ninja Warrior, she competed at the Los Angeles Qualifier, in the 2017 season 9 season opener. She competed with the nickname "Vault Chick".[4]


  1. ^ April Steiner Bennett at IAAF
  2. ^ Mormon Times Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,
  3. ^ "Arkansas Razorbacks Women's Track and Field" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d "Los Angeles Qualifiers". American Ninja Warrior. Season 9. Episode 1. June 12, 2017. NBC.