2 Olympians, 7 National Team Members (3 Team USA and 4 Internationals), 30 All Americans, State High School Champions in MN (multiple), WI (multiple), OR, MI, IL, GA, TX (multiple), IA (Multiple), WA, NE, LA (multiple), IN, SD, ID, OK, ND, VA, NM, CO, MO, and AL, along with state qualifiers in several other states.
Manjula Wijesekara (Sri Lanka) – Athens 2004 Olympian , All American (multiple times), 2009 Asian High Jump CHAMPION (PR: 2.27mts / 7’5 1/4″ – USC)
I have worked with many different coaches so far, but Hugo is definitely is the most talented, knowledgeable, experienced and understandable coach that I ever worked with. Hugo can understand athletes, see their talents and know how to work with them individually. Even though I only have worked one year and half so far with him, it has been a great year for me. I improved a lot. Especially, now I’m more consistent over the bar and feel like I have more room to improve. I am happy and looking forward to work with you over the next few years. Thank you very much Hugo!
NOTE: To see Manjula’s before and after video please click HERE
Jesse Lima (Brazil) - Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Finalist - Brazilian National Record Holder (PR: 7'7-1/4"/2.32mts in Lausanne, Switzerland)
High Jumping is about details. You can keep training hard and get much stronger. But what really matters in the end is execution. It’s about combining your mind, strength and technical execution. Using these points and exploring your individual characteristics and capitalizing on them, is what will make your jump better. Each athlete is an ocean of individual factors and variables to be aware of. That’s when great coaches come in to play.
It’s was early 2008. I had done great training preparation from October 2007 to March 2008 at that time. The season was just beginning. Hugo invited me to the Kangaroo High Jump Festival. It was a great time for sure!
Then, I even though I was a still a bit loaded from the preparation period I was struggling in many points in my technical execution, from the run-up start until curve execution to be more precise. In other words some critical points for jumping. Your take-off depends on that. Hugo gave me some points of view and suggestions about my technique. It helped me a lot at the Kangaroo Festival. And those points were great. We did not have much time for training or to practice them in Minnesota (at the festival and then we jumped again on Monday before I flew back to Brazil). The corrections that Hugo helped me with were about my approach and how I was leaning into the curve and rhythm as well. As you may already know, those points will interfere positively or negatively in your take-off. I was pretty sure that those points would be very important to be aware of and improve in the upcoming season. And so it was. I kept training back in Brazil with my coach Kiyoshi Takahashi as normal. I just kept pushing forward to improve my technique to improve those points Hugo helped me with and some more I had to improve on the journey.
I can tell you that Hugo participated in the most important moment in my career. The year 2008 was the year of the two best results in my life and after the Kangaroo Festival. That year I made my best performance ever, 2,32mts / 7’7-1/4) but not only that. That year I competed at the Beijing Olympics and was an Olympic Games finalist (10th). Two weeks after the Olympics, on October 31st, I went to Padova (ITA) meeting and jumped 2,31mts / 7’7” (my PB that time) and on September 2nd in Lausanne Meeting (SWI) and jumped 2,32mts / 7’7-1/4” (my PB again). So, to jump two PB’s with only two days interval and reach 2,32mts / 7’7-1/4” was the best I ever did as a High Jumper.
Hugo has the coaching experience merged with athletic experience. It’s a powerful combination. Because he has been there jumping before. He knows what the feeling looks like, the execution, the challenges we face when jumping. He knows how is to do a High Jump take-off (and believe me, there nothing else like that in the world). Now merge this experience with a skilled coach. So there he is.
For many years I have been fighting for good technique. How can I jump higher? I changed coaches many times. I know how a good coach is important to improve jumping skills and consequently, therefore, the performance. Sometimes we keep training over and over again and we have some mistakes we cannot figure out. We don’t even feel them or know they exist. Those errors are there. Dragging your jump down. Like I said before, it is about details.
When you have an opportunity to train with a good coach like Hugo, please do not waste it. He is a great coach and an amazing person. He can provide you with great facilities and technical support to help you to improve your High Jump skills.
NOTE: To see Jesse's video training at KTC, please click HERE
Deb Ward (Mom) and Riley Ward (athlete), 6A Texas State HJ Champion / PB: 6’0” / #1 HS female jumper in the US.
Deb Ward (Mom): Hugo , After a season and a half off from jumping it took only 3 weekends training at Kangaroo Track Club for you to help build back confidence, drastically improved her form and reminded Riley how much fun it is to high jump. The very next week she won the UIL 6A District 6 Meet, beat her high school’s high jump record and hit a new PR of 5’10”. Then she went on to win Regional and State!! We will be making the 4 hour drive back to KTC soon!
Riley Ward (athlete): Coach Hugo is a great coach, he that explained things in a way that really made sense to me. This made a huge difference in understanding what I needed to change. Just with 3 weekends, he improved my form and I am jumping higher than I ever could before.
NOTE1: In the 2023 season Riley kept improving and jumped 6'0" and became the #1 HS female high jumper in the US.
NOTE2: To see a video of Riley's training at KTC please click HERE
Lee Murphy (Mom) and Graham Murphy (athlete), Oklahoma State High Jump Champion / PB: 6’10” / #1 freshman in the US.
Lee Murphy (Mom): We learned about Kangaroo TC from a google search and a fellow high jumper in OK. Graham was having success but needed technical support to help him achieve his in-season goals. Hugo exceeded all of his expectations and mine. Immediately, I could tell that Hugo truly understood the entire athlete from a technical skills perspective but also from a mental toughness perspective. So much of elite athletics is as much of a mind game as it is a physical one. Hugo has helped train Graham on both fronts and with just two practices, Graham went from 6’5” to 6’10” and won the OK State 3A Championship in 2023. Graham is so looking forward to continuing his training with Hugo and Kangaroo Athletics. Thank you for all that you do for these athletes.
Graham Murphy (athlete): When I first went to Hugo I didn’t expect much, due to the fact that it was only one lesson. I have never been more wrong. During that one lesson I went from 6’5 to 6’8 in the rain. Not only is Hugo an amazing coach he is an amazing person. There is nothing better than the environment at kangaroo track club. My second lesson, which was a couple of weeks after the first, I wasn’t performing as well as I wanted. I could hardly get over 6’2 but thanks to Hugo, he taught me how to get over the mental component and just relax. My very next meet I put all the training he taught me together including the new dance moves and soared over 6’10”. I could not have had a better finish to my freshman season. Would not have been able to do it without him.
NOTE: To see a video of Graham training at KTC please click HERE
Kenny Hammon (Dad) and Jacey Hammon (Athlete), 2023 Oklahoma State HJ Champion / PB: 5’8”
Kenny Hammon (Dad): Jacey has been a talented athlete young in High Jump as she was able to jump high all throughout Jr High but just wasn’t consistent every meet. We reached out and Hugo took the time to explain his teaching style and the structure of his camps. It was well worth the 5.5 hr drive to attend Kangaroo High jump last summer. He took a young athlete and turned her into a high jumper who understood the process both mentally and physically. As track season approached this year she was able to go back for a weekend full session while just being recovered from a high ankle sprain from basketball. Hugo was able to work with her mentally to help work through the block of recovering from an injury.
The week leading into districts we were able to send video to Hugo and do a over the phone video analysis of her jumps going into the bigger meets. It was greatly beneficial and small tweaks were made that allowed her to win Districts, Regional and finish as the state runner up in 4a. Also to note the young lady who beat her is also a Kangaroo High Jumper and this year (2023) Jacey won the State Championship!!
Much respect and gratitude to a great coach and human being Hugo!!!
Jacey Hammon (Athlete): Hugo’s coaching makes it so easy to understand and it’s about how it feels and remembering how it feels when you do things correctly. The first time I got to be trained by him i learned so much just the two days I was there. The 5.5 hour drive was so worth it. Through the season I got frustrated because my approach started not to feel right anymore, I got to sit down with my dad and him and analyze some jumps I did at a track meet. He tweaked some things, and I ended up being regional champion and class 4a state runner up and this year I was able to take home the gold and won the 2023 Oklahoma State Championship!! I’m beyond blessed i’ve had the opportunity to be coached by Hugo!!
NOTE: To see a video of Jacey please click HERE
Markahm and Mary McHenry (parents) and Brennen McHenry (athlete), #1 HS high jumper in Arizona PB:7’0” / Arizona state long jump champion PB: 24’10.25” (2023)
Markahm and Mary McHenry (parents): remember Brennen asking to try working with a specific high jump coach after his freshman season. I agreed not knowing that Coach Hugo was
in Houston and we live in Arizona. I could see Brennen’s commitment to the sport so we made the trip to our first high jump camp with Hugo and the Kangaroo Track Club. It was clear from day one that we picked the right coach. Hugo’s patience, detail, and coaching style made all the difference. Brennen has learned so much from Hugo and increased his marks every year. He taught Brennen to be a real student of the sport through studying video and fine tuning every part of his jump. We couldn’t recommend Hugo and the Kangaroo Track Club high jump camp more highly.
Brennen McHenry (athlete): Hugo was my first real high jump coach after starting high jump freshman year of high school. I had no idea how to flop, run an approach, or think about high jump. I was a natural jumper from basketball and I knew that if I could get the right coaching and tools, my ceiling would be exponential. Hugo was the coach that unlocked that potential. He was the exact coach and mentor that I, and any athlete considering high jump, needed. Being in Arizona, I searched and searched the southwest for any high jump help and I am so grateful that I found the Kangaroo track club through an instagram video. I researched the camp more and realized that I found something special. I had to do some convincing to get my dad to bring me to Houston for a weekend high jump camp, but it was worth everything. Hugo gave me the coaching and tools I was desperately needing. Now it wasn't an immediate switch, but as I continued to work on the techniques he showed me I started to flourish. I was almost a completely different jumper sophomore year improving my previous freshman mark of 5’10 to 6’5 in an offseason. And it does not stop there, I continue to attend these camps each year and I see tremendous improvements. Taking that 6’5 from sophomore year and turning it into a 6’10 junior year. And now I am still competing as a senior committed to the University of Texas with a 7’0 PR in high jump and 24’10.25” PR in long jump. I accredited all of the technique, training, and mindset to Hugo. He also helped me through my recruiting process and I received great guidance from his book, “The Recruiting Race”. I am so grateful for Kangaroo Track Club and would not be where I am now without Hugo, his coaching, and taking that chance to try his camp.
NOTE: To see a video of Brennen training at KTC please click HERE
Matt & Rachel (parents) and Maddie Olson, 3X’s Iowa State HJ Champion and 2X's Drake Relays Champion (21-23) PB: 5’9”
Matt and Rachel Olson (Parents):My Daughter Maddie Olson was anxious to begin her high school high jump season as a freshmen only to have the season cancelled due to the pandemic. We were eager to find a coach and location Maddie could jump after a 2 years away from competition before her Sophomore season. We found the Kangaroo Track Club and contacted Hugo. Maddie attended the 3 day camp in Minnesota and we were extremely pleased with the results. The confidence Maddie gained with Hugo heading into her 1st high school season was instrumental to her successful season. She was confident in her approach, steps and continued to build on the techniques Hugo worked on with Maddie as she continued to improve all season eventually leading to the Iowa State Championship and a PR of 5’9”. We attended camp again before Maddie’s Junior season and Hugo was able help Maddie make adjustment and continued improvement as she matured and gained strength. Hugo has shown us he not only cares about how Maddie does on the track but is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful as we consider college options. We will undoubtedly continue to attend Hugo’s camps throughout Maddie’s high jump career.
Maddie Olson (Athlete): Hugo has been very influential in my high jump career so far! After attending his camps I immediately saw improvements and consistency I had never seen before! Hugo was able to tweak minor details that most wouldn’t recognize and they had major impacts on my improvement. Going to Hugo’s camps helped not only my technique, but also my confidence in my ability. Hugo’s camps are very educational, fun, and very beneficial. Hugo is a great person who genuinely cares about his athletes and their futures! I would strongly recommend Hugo’s camps to any jumper looking to further their high jump career!
NOTE: To see a video of Maddie training at KTC please click HERE
Tracy Stephenson mother of Ally Stephenson - 3X’s Oklahoma State HJ Champion and Long Jump State Champion HJPB: 5’8” - University of Oklahoma
Tracy Stephenson (Ally’s mother):My daughter is Ally Stephenson. She is a 3 time Oklahoma high jump state champion, and a long jump state champion and runner up. Ally recently signed with Oklahoma University to continue her track and field career.
Kangaroo Track Club and Hugo Munoz have been an absolute blessing to our daughter’s high jump and long jump career. Ally has won state in the high jump her freshman, junior and senior years. There was not a state meet her sophomore year (COVID). Each season started (and ended) almost the exact same. Start out slow, minor injuries, frustration, go see Hugo a week or 3 before regionals, improve each meet leading up to state, and make her best jump of the year at the state meet. We would go to see Hugo weekly if we were closer, but being 8 hours away we are limited to a time or two per year and some video analysis.
How does he do it? He is a GREAT teacher. His knowledge is unparalleled and he studies each jumper and helps them find the best form and potential to suit their abilities. It is NOT a cookie cutter approach. Not only does he teach them how, but, in his theory class, he also teaches them to understand the fundamentals so they can see, feel and correct their own mistakes when he’s not around. Though she wanted to sleep in, Ally attended the theory class every time she went to see Hugo and every time she walked away with new and deeper knowledge and happy she attended. In fact, Ally has used that knowledge to start teaching a number of young jumpers here in our hometown. And, as a 3 time state champion, signing with Oklahoma University to high jump, I have a feeling she may have a decent side gig for years to come. Thanks to Hugo. In addition to teaching high jump technique and knowledge, and more importantly, Hugo taught Ally to take care of and listen to her body. Communicate the strains and injuries (don’t hide them). Treat them properly and let them heal. Hugo ALWAYS puts the athlete’s safety and well being first.
This year we went to see Hugo a little earlier in the season. Then had some injuries and couldn’t jump for a while, so we did the video analysis with Hugo the week before state to sharpen up. After analyzing the video he called and say “Is she healthy?”. “No” I replied “she has tweaked her lower back”. He said “1 week before the meet is too close to make many changes, it will be counterproductive. I am going to give you a few easy changes to make and then I want you to rest and not practice this whole week. These changes are easy and you can do them at the meet. But, rest and getting healthy is going to help you more than anything I can do.” Welp…….He was right. Jumped her highest jump of the season at the state meet and won gold.
Long jump was same story, different verse though we have only done the video analysis for the long jump. Regardless, he added distance to her jumps both times we did the analysis and every inch gained was needed to win state.
I hardly know Hugo, yet he is very high on my list of people I respect. He was a great jumper himself and now he is a great coach and teacher. With his help, we have been blessed with a lot of great memories as Ally was the reigning state champ for 4 years in a row. Now we are excited to follow her compete as a Sooner.
If your child is interested in high jumping or honing their skills, do them and yourself a favor and go see Hugo sooner rather than later. Thank you so much for everything Hugo. I hope we stay in touch, and we plan to be back as Ally prepares for her high jump career at OU. Boomer Sooner!!
NOTE: To see a video of Ally training at KTC please click HERE
Michael Davis father of Patrick Davis, 2022 Alabama State High Jump Champion and 2022 State Championship MVP - Patrick scored 40 points by winning the HJ, 110H, 300H and the open 400mts. - University of Alabama
Michael Davis (Patrick’s Dad): Hugo, I am so fortunate to have met you many years ago that day at Bayside Academy when you were working with Alona Melendez. You have been a big influence in Patrick's development in both track and his character. I only wish that I could been closer to Houston so he could have taken more training from you.
If I could tell anything to anyone looking for a coach/mentor for their kid I would say this “If you want a coach that will develop your child to reach their full potential both athletically and mentally then you have come to the right coach. I can make you guarantee that if your athlete follows his teaching, they will be ready to handle what comes at them for the rest of their life. He is more than just a high jump coach.
Please call me and I will be happy to tell you about our experience”.
Michael Davis on Patrick’s performance at the 2022 state meet: I am sending 3 more videos for you. You have his 6'6" clearance. The video of him running and winning the open 400 meter in 50.05 on Friday. The other two video's will be his victory in the 110H hurdles with at time of 13.88 and his victory in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 37.73, which is a new 3A state record. I am sending a couple of pictures. Please feel free to use them or any of this message on your web site or Instagram. After all you were a major reason he competed the way he did.
On Friday Patrick had two events. He ran the open 400 and then came back 35 minutes later and ran the 110 hurdles qualifying race. Top 8 go to finals. He ran a 50.05 for the 400 win and a 14.03 for the 110 H qualifier. The meet ending around 6:30pm.
Let me set the stage for high jump. Patrick jumped in two meets this outdoor season until the week of Easter. He has been focused on breaking school records in the 100, 200, 400, and relays. He started focusing more on high jump the week after Easter. He jumped in a meet on April 22nd and cleared 6ft. I sent you video of last Saturday's attempt at 6'4" after running a 400 at 51.53 with 10 minutes rest. This past week his coach just worked on his timing.
Saturday morning, we were back at the track at 7am to warm up for the 8am high jump. There were 7 guys that had jumps of 6 feet or higher going into the state meet. Patrick was listed as the 4th best jumper based on last Saturday's qualifier. Patrick's coach told me before the event started that he believed that he had about 6-8 quality jumps, so he wanted to be strategic on when to start and when to pass heights. His coach decided to let him take a jump at 5'8" just to see where he was on the bar. He cleared but video showed him that he needed to be more aggressive. His 5'8" attempt looked lazy. He passed 6'0". 4 of the 7 guys went out at 5'10". At 6'2" he missed his first attempt. He had great clearance but clipped it when flipping his feet. We had already secured points and Patrick had the 110 hurdles coming up. His coach had confidence in his ability and told me that he would pass to 6'4". He said he would back his approach 2 shoes and he would clear. One guy cleared 6'2" on the first attempt and one guy went out. Now 2 people left.
At 6'4" Patrick cleared on his first attempt. The other guy missed but cleared on his 2nd attempt. I believe at this point it became a mental game. The other guy had never cleared 6'4" and Patrick has, also Patrick has been on this stage before and the other guy had not. At 6'6" Patrick cleared on his first attempt. The other guy went out. His coach told him that he could have one attempt at 6'7". He said that he did not want him to get hurt because he had two hurdle races. His attempt at 6'7" looked like he forgot everything you taught him.
Patrick did PR and set a new school record with his victory.
Patrick won all four events he was entered in and scored a perfect 40 points and was an MVP for the State Track and Field meet.
As I encounter others who high jump, I will continue to suggest that they reach out to you for assistance. I have given your information to several people this year. I will continue to follow the Kangaroo Instagram. I enjoy seeing all these young people have fun and progress in the sport.
I promise you that if Patrick and I are ever in the Houston area, you will know well ahead of time. He really wants to come back out and just, I quote, "I want to hang out with Hugo.”
Thank you again for guiding Patrick along this journey to maturity.
Michael E. Daves
Darla Cotter mother of Sarah Cotter - 2022 2A Texas State High Jump Champion
Darla Cotter (Sarah's mother):High jump is such a technical sport. I have watched loads of kids with a natural athleticism and springy hops, who could fling their bodies over a bar, but they were inconsistent and would never squeeze those last inches out of their bodies because they had no understanding of the mechanics of the sport. We were lucky enough to have a very good school coach, a state title holder himself, so Sarah had good fundamentals, even still we wanted another set of eyes and expertise to help her unlock her potential. We discovered Coach Hugo and Kangaroo Athletics and travelled across the state of Texas for camps over two years to get Coach Hugo’s input. He filmed and analyzed every part of Sarah’s jumps and gave her new thoughts about curve running and hip placement and mental preparation. Sarah Cotter won the 2022 2A State Championship clearing 5’6" without a miss because she had excellent training and was prepared to perform under the pressure of state competition. If you have an aspiring high jumper or an experienced competitor, Coach Hugo Munoz and his Kangaroo Athletics camps can improve your jumper's performance. He is the next level!
NOTE: To see a video of Sarah training at KTC please click HERE
Anne Pesek (Mom) and Ashlyn Pesek (athlete), 2022 TAPPS 2A Texas State HJ Champion
Anne Pesek (Ashlyn Pesek Mom):Ashlyn began working with Coach Hugo in the summer of 2020. Not knowing much about the technique used in high jump, she was a bit nervous. Coach Hugo quickly learned about her and what she wanted to accomplish as an athlete. He watched her jump just a couple of times and knew exactly what she needed to adjust in order to improve. During that one lesson, she was easily jumping 3 inches or more higher than when she started. Coach Hugo is extremely personable and communicates with his athletes in a way that helps each of them learn. He obviously knows the sport and he shows that knowledge and passion to the athletes he coaches. Ashlyn has attended both camps and private lessons with Coach Hugo and she takes home a wealth of knowledge and skills each time she works with him. We are extremely appreciative of his time and expertise in high jump. Ashlyn has become a better athlete and teammate because of his help and we are thankful!
Ashlyn Pesek (Athlete):I first visited Coach Hugo in the summer before my sophomore year. At the time, I did not really know much about high jump; it was kind of just something I did because I wanted to get a few extra points for the team. At my first visit, Coach Hugo tweaked my approach and my jump technique and I was able to jump 3-4 inches higher in just a few jumps. He is also very good about working with me and explaining the techniques in a way that I can understand and apply regularly in my school practices. Not only have I learned so much about the sport, I have also grown to love it. Earlier this season, I was having some problems with my approach. I decided to schedule a camp with Coach Hugo to get everything sorted out before regionals. After my visit, I was more comfortable with my jump and had more confidence in my skills. Later that week, I went on to win both regionals, and state, in TAPPS 2A. I greatly appreciate the knowledge that Coach Hugo has given me, and the care that he shows for his athletes!”
NOTE: To see a video of Ashlyn training at KTC please click HERE
Eric and Estalita Slivoskey parents of Kaylin Slivoskey, 2022 NORTH DAKOTA State High Jump Champion
Eric and Estalita Slivoskey (Kaylin's parents):Kaylin discovered high jump during field day in 6th grade and then started competing her 7th grade year, not really knowing much about the techniques necessary to be a proficient high jumper. After attending a camp with Coach Hugo Kaylin's love and interest for the sport began to grow. His method of coaching, and the way he communicated feedback to her really built her confidence and accelerated her progress as a competitive athlete. Kaylin placed 6th in the 2021 state meet as a freshman. Before the start of her sophomore season, Kaylin attended her third camp with Coach @hugo_munoz_oly , and improved her PR by 4 inches in the first meet. After hitting a plateau towards the end of the season, we decided to take advantage of Coach Hugo's video analysis. We sent him a few videos of her jumping, and he helped her to adjust a few things heading into the state meet. Today, Kaylin put that feedback into practice and is now the 2022 North Dakota State Class B High Jump Champion. Coach Hugo's genuine concern, his personable style, and his ability to get the best out of the athletes he works with, is what sets him apart. Thank you coach for all your help and support along the way.
NOTE: To see a video of Kaylin training at KTC please click HERE
Daniella Munoz (Peru), National High Jump CHAMPION and member of the Peruvian National Team (PR: 5'8-1/2"/1.1.74mts)
I have been jumping for about 7 years now. All of which I have spent at KTC with Coach Munoz (Coach Munoz at the track, dad at home). However, given that I am his daughter I have been around KTC and the sport in general my entire life. Because of that I feel like I have an interesting perspective that not all KTC athletes have. I get to see every aspect of the club day in and day out just by being around my dad, coach munoz every second of every day. In addition I can speak to my own experience as his athlete at KTC.
I started competing internationally when I was 16 years old. Which would not have been even remotely possible without his mentoring and coaching. Even though that’s when things really started taking off for me there was a lot that built up to that. He formed me from day one.
For me to accurately explain my experience with my coach I have to start by asking you this question. What is a coach? There is a huge disconnect forming in the high jump community with what the term coach actually means. It is becoming a term that is being thrown around way too lightly. All too often I hear a “coach” talking about “his/her athlete” who is most likely a very talented jumper, but when you start to dig a little deeper you start to realize that they just started working with them recently and they came to them with competitive marks but they aren’t improving. To me a coach is someone who forms and guides athletes from one stage to the next. A coach is an artist that takes a misshapen ball of clay and molds it into a spectacular piece of art. A “coach” who doesn’t form athletes isn’t a coach, they are just a recruiter disguised as a coach. I can assure you that my coach (Hugo Munoz) is exactly what he claims to be. A real coach, and an amazing one at that.
Many of you may think that I may only be saying this because I am his daughter but that’s the exact reason why you should believe every word that I am saying. I am living proof of his ability as a coach. He took me from a scrawny 11 year old who didn’t even know how to run an approach to representing a country in only 6 years. You can watch the countless number of before and afters of other kids that have come to KTC and left as different jumpers, you can read the countless other testimonials. If people weren’t leaving KTC improving we wouldn’t still be here after almost 15 years of coaching athletes. The fact is that my coach is KTC.
There are 2 things that have been consistent throughout the history of KTC. The first is the quality of coach that my father is. His experience with the event and lighthearted nature is what allows him to work well with just about any jumper. He also finds simple ways to explain technical concepts. As all us jumpers know high jump is challenging enough as is, when someone is using long drawn out scientific explanations with large vocabulary it can make things a bit more confusing than they need to be. Coach Munoz loves to use analogies, tell jokes, stories, and draw pictures to make one of the most complicated events in track and field as easy as 1+1. The second consistent factor is that I have been here watching everything for 15 years. Many athletes have come and gone. Some are still jumping, some have moved onto successful professional careers, others have started families. The improvement is not only shown in a new PR but in their successes beyond high jump.
I know that the coaching and mentorship that my father and coach, Hugo Munoz, provides at KTC will continue to help me grow into the jumper I know I can be and help all of our past present and future kangaroos. Once a kangaroo always a kangaroo.
Addendum 09/12/2022:I wanted to make an update given that my previous testimonial is a few years old. I am no longer jumping because I switched events and am now throwing javelin. I know that might sound like a pretty drastic change and you must be thinking. How did that happen? What does this have to do with KTC? We’ll let me tell you. The reason why I decided to switch events was because when I was 16 I was diagnosed with a condition that affected the depth perception in my left eye. When the doctor notified me a lot of things started to make more sense. Many people have told me that I had very good technique which is true however one thing I could never do was accelerate at the end and take off farther. 2 corrections that I had battled with for years. I had a hard time gaging how close or far I was from the pit and standards and this made me unsure of where I needed to take off therefore I would not accelerate due to me trying to figure out how close or far I was from the pit. As you can imagine this is pretty much the kiss of death for a high jumper. I was able to improve my technique in other areas and get stronger and faster but I continued to take off close and not accelerate through the jump so none of my physical improvements were ever able to show. After a few frustrating years trying every method under the sun to figure out how to deal with this new revaluation I decided to take a mental break and play with some other events per the recommendation of my father (Coach Munoz). This is when I found javelin. My decision to leave high jump behind was purely based on my lack of depth perception. However I wouldn’t trade my time high jumping for anything. One thing coach Munoz preaches is how almost everything we learn at KTC will be applicable beyond high jump. Performing under pressure, discipline, coordination, body awareness, and positive attitude just to name a few. I have carried everything I learned from my time at KTC with me into the javelin. I wanted to take a moment to discuss this because at the end of the day our bodies will only allow us to continue with athletics up to a certain extent but the lessons I have learned through my time at KTC will stay with me for the rest of my life. KTC helped me evolve into a better and stronger version of myself. I am now currently training with a group in Europe and getting ready the upcoming season while finishing the last few courses in my undergrad since I am projected to graduate a year early and move onto Law school in the fall of 2023.
NOTE: To see Daniella's video when she was young (before and after), please click HERE and to see Daniella's PR jump, please click HERE
Madison Schmidt, 2X Minnesota State High Jump CHAMPION 2018-2019 (PR: 6'0"/1.83mts)
Hugo’s Kangaroo Camp was an amazing decision for my high jumping career. I have been going to his Minnesota camps for a few years now and his tutelage has been incredibly helpful in both my technique and mental approach to high jump. He is a first-class coach and is able to pick out detailed aspects of jumping form that can slip past even those with considerable experience. He is also great at finding a way to relay his coaching and advice in a way that is personal and comprehensive to individual athletes. Because I am a multi-sport athlete, he has always found ways to relate elements of high jump to the other sports I play so that I can transfer what I already know to my jump. His wealth of knowledge is a resource I would readily recommend to anyone pursuing high jump. In addition, he truly cares about his athletes and loves to stay updated with how their seasons are going and is always willing to chat when they need advice. Hugo is altogether a genuinely great person and an amazing coach. Thank you for all of your time, wisdom, and advice!
NOTE: To see Madison video training at KTC for the 2019 season, please click HERE
Aaron Kooiker (father of Landon Kooiker) 2019 Iowa State High Jump CHAMPION
Aaron Kooiker (father): Our son Landon Kooiker started high jumping two years ago, his sophomore year in high school. After his first season high jumping Landon went to his first Kangaroo high jump camp. He then improved his PR 5 inches and won a state title. With Hugo's help Landon was set to make big strides again this season, until it was cancelled. Landon will be attending the University of Northern Iowa to compete in high jump and multi.
Landon Kooiker: Hugo’s knowledge and experience in the high jump realm has helped me improve tremendously over the past three years. He has not only helped improve my form, he has also helped boost my confidence in my ability. I couldn’t be happier with how I performed in high school, and that’s in large part due to Hugo’s coaching. I highly recommend going to a camp as Hugo definitely knows what he’s doing.
NOTE: To see a video of Landon training at KTC please click HERE
Roderick Broughton, father of Dontavious Hill 2018 Alabama State High Jump CHAMPION (2019 TEAM USA / Auburn University / PR: 7'1.5") and Melvin Hill 2015 Alabama State High Jump CHAMPION (University of Massachusetts)
For Dontavious Hill (2019): Wow it’s been five years since I went looking on the internet for someone to train my boys in the high jump. I knew nothing about the sport their school didn’t have a high jump facility and they didn’t have a jumps coach. Five years later both of my boys are state champs and both are D1 athletes on scholarship. Coach Hugo was able to teach and motivate two totally different kids. That’s a great coach one who knows how to reach each kid. Thanks again for the past five years coach couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks Coach!!. For Melvin Hill (2015): Dear Coach Hugo, thanks to you we had an amazing year! This was Melvin's second year of jumping and everything was wrong! Everything! I went to the web and started searching for someone who could help him get the proper technique. The school he attends does not have a facility of its own so practice was a challenge. Finally I came across kangarootrackclub.org . Like every parent I probably read all the testimonials and watched a ton of videos. Melvin was on the site 24/7 saying we needed to go! So the whole family took a road trip from Alabama to Texas. It was totally the right decision to make. In just the short time we had the difference you made was amazing! You gave him a new everything lol! From the approach to the landing on the mat everything changed. A few weeks later he went on to win the Alabama 7A Sate Championship with a 6-6 as a sophomore! This camp is definitely worth the investment. We met some great parents and kids while we were there as well. What really stood out the most was Coach is a motivator and knows how to get the most out of each individual. My son had never jumped that many times in a session before! He also didn't have the shin splints he would get at every meet. Thanks again Coach let's see if we can get 7 feet next year!!!
NOTE: To see Dontavious before and after video please click HEREand to see Melvin’s before and after video please click HERE
Luonna Burns (Shaina Burns Mother) – 2014 Minnesota State CHAMPION – Gatorade Athlete of the year – TEAM USA – Texas A&M
I can’t thank you enough for teaching Shaina to high jump. She started high jumping in 7th grade in 2009 and came to you with a personal best of 4-10 that summer. I was amazed at her progress because after working with you in just a few weeks she had cleared 5-6! That truly was a turning point for her as she came to love track and field that summer. In fact, so much that she wanted to try all of the events. Who knew that would eventually lead her to a national USATF Junior Olympic championship in heptathlon(2012) and back to back team state championships!
This letter is long overdue as I have thought many times over the past years about how much you have helped Shaina. It is just so difficult to find words to do justice. I have always been impressed with your technical knowledge and how well you can communicate it to your athletes. But as important as that is you also are such an inspiration to the athletes. Shaina told me recently that you make her feel like she wants to do well for you and she can’t wait to share her victories with you. She knows you support her and will be thrilled with her successes, and genuinely! You can’t fake that kind of enthusiasm!
I also want you to know how much I appreciate your very high code of ethics. You have shown me that you are a man of integrity in all aspects. It is a wonderful bonus that while Shaina is learning to jump she is also exposed to an exceptional role model!
I was sorry to see you move to Texas so far away from us here in Minnesota, my friend. You must know how valuable you have been to us that we would travel all the way there to see you! We are looking forward to seeing you again soon.
NOTE: To see Shaina’s before and after video please click HERE
Alison Wood, TEAM USA / World Champion / National and World Record Holder (Master U45)
This year I had the AWESOME opportunity to train with Hugo Munoz at his incredible high jump facility in Texas!!! I can't say enough things about the magic that happens when an athlete get's guidance and instruction from Hugo. Hugo is the most knowledgeable, positive and energetic coach in the sport! Hugo has a very special talent in maximizing what you are doing well and correcting anything that needs adjustment, but in a way that is understandable and memorable!! I have been jumping competitively for 36 years and the fine tuning that I learned from Hugo added almost 3 inches in one week! Hugo used key words that made me smile, that are easy to remember during competition that queue me to execute the perfect jump. I highly encourage all aspiring jumpers to spend time with Hugo. I had the most amazing time with Hugo and his daughter Dani. I learned so much about how to maximize my jumps and I can't thank him enough. The Kangaroo Track Club facility is top notch and I can't wait to see Hugo again!
NOTE: To see Alison video, training at KTC before she won the World Championship in Torun, Poland (2019), please click HERE
Tamara Marshall (Mother of Zach Marshall) from New Mexico - PR 7'0" - 3X New Mexico State High Jump CHAMPION (2015-2016-2017)!!!
What do you say about a Coach like Hugo Munoz!! He is a true Class Act and has a sincere heart for the athletes that he coaches.
I took my son to one of Coach Munoz's high jump camps a few months ago. At that time he was jumping 6'8 consistently. Coach Munoz told us that my son would be jumping 7' in the coming year and he did in fact achieve that this month at a State Invitational track meet. Before his second attempt of which he jumped 7', he explained to me that as he stood there contemplating his second jump, he remembered things that Coach Munoz had told him and he knew he had to implement them at that moment! He made a beautiful 7' jump and continues to strive for his personal best. He almost jumped 7'1 last week at a High School meet.
We are so thankful for Coach Munoz and everything he taught Zach. We look forward to possibly attending another one of his
camps this summer!
We thank him for sharing his expertise, his time, his talent and especially his genuine heart. It means a lot!
- Tamara Marshall (mother of Zach Marshall)
NOTE1: To see Zach’s 7'0" jump at New Mexico State HS Championship please click HERE
NOTE2: To see Zach’s video training at KTC please click HERE
Damon Guidry from Louisiana - PR 7'0" - 2X Louisiana State High Jump Indoor CHAMPION (2015-2016)!!!
My coach has always told me you will work with a thousand different people an get a thousand different answers on how to do it. For the most part that is true but Hugo was different I have watched him help various athletes different in their own ways! I found this amazing cause no once have I ever learned so much from just one person. He just has a natural leader he never demands something or forces you to do it he simply shows you what would help an politely teaches an if you have even the littlest patience to listen you will become twice the jumper you were before.
NOTE: To see Damon’s video training at KTC please click HERE
Melissa (Mom) and Kalulu Ngaida, 2018 Oregon State HS High Jump CHAMPION!
Kalulu (Athlete) : “Kangaroo HJ camp was the best experience I’ve had in 5 years of track! In just 2 days Hugo helped me achieve new heights in jumping, and my confidence. I was impressed at how friendly and welcoming he was. I am begging my Mom to send me back!! Thank you coach!! Melissa (Mother): “When my daughter first approached me about Kangaroo HJ camp I was very nervous if the total cost of flight, hotel, car and camp would all be worth it?! All I can say now is, WOW!! I wish I had sent her sooner. I have watched her high jump for two years, and in just two days with Hugo I can see more improvement than I ever thought possible. Thank you and she’ll be back! ”
NOTE: To see Kalulu’s before and after video please click HERE
Brad Moeller (Cole's father) from Iowa - PR 6'10" - New School Record Holder and 3X Iowa State High Jump CHAMPION (2015-2016-2017)!!!
Hugo, I just wanted to let you know that after attending your camp in March, Cole has went from a PR of 6'1" last season to a PR of 6'9" this season. Cole has set the new High School record at Calamus-Wheatland High School and has 2 track meet records to his name this spring and won the 2015 Iowa State HJ Championship at Drake Stadium!!!!! . Thanks for all of your great help, I am sure we will see you again in the near future for more lessons and tips!
NOTE: To see Cole’s before and after video please click HERE
Mike Cerrone (Sarah Cerrone's Dad) - from Colorado - PR 5'7.5" - New School Record Holder and 2017 Colorado State High Jump CHAMPION!!!
Mike Cerrone (Sarah Cerrone's Dad)
Hi. Congratulations on the new indoor facility. Looks great.
Good news! Sarah accepted an athletic scholarship and signed her National Letter of Intent to high jump for Colorado Mesa University next year. She is super excited. (Attached is a picture of Sarah signing her NLI.)
Sarah was pursued by eight different colleges (both D1 and D2). We visited all the schools this summer/fall on both official and unofficial visits. And received multiple offers. She found the perfect fit of academics, athletics, and campus life at CMU.
Thank you for your excellent instruction, advice, and support at your summer camp.
Before your camp, Sarah was struggling with a bad club experience. She had two different coaches telling her two different things and both radically changing her approach. The terrible environment damaged her spirit so much, her could not clear five foot (after clearing 5'4" six weeks earlier). So we pulled her from the club and looked for alternatives. Luckily we found you and Kangaroo Track Club.
I read all the information on your website and discussed it with Sarah. We decided that we would take the long journey across the country for a long weekend to attend your summer camp, festival, and video analysis. It was an excellent decision.
You accessed Sarah's approach, recommended she go back to her original approach, and believe in herself. Within a few days with you, she was jumping with confidence, jumping higher, and loving the sport again. It was worth the 900 mile drive.
Thank you for your dedication to young jumping athletes.
We hope to see you again soon.
-Mike Cerrone (father of Sarah Cerrone)
NOTE: To see Sarah’s before and after video please click HERE
Barbara Shepherd (Destiny's Grandma) from Virginia - PR 5'7" - 3X Virginia State High Jump and Long Jump CHAMPION (2015-2016-2017)!!!
My granddaughter Destiny Sweeney attended Hugo's jump camp in Texas. She now has three high jump and one long jump state championships. Hugo is an awesome coach and very passionate about his training. In fact he's so enthusiastic,I call him Hurricane Hugo! Destiny surely enjoyed his camp. Cannot wait to see what college holds for her. Thank you for all you do for the kids!!
NOTE: To see Destiny’s before and after video please click HERE
Tierney Lindner from Wisconsin (PB: 5’9″) - 2014 Wisconsin State High Jump CHAMPION!!
I have been working with Hugo for about 3 years and each time I work with him I learn new things about how to jump higher. Hugo has coached me to be more consistent and to be more mechanical. After working with Hugo I have increased my heights each year by at least 2 inches. I am going to be a senior in high school and I plan on working with Hugo more over the summer to get even better. For anyone who wants a great coach to help them be more successful, I highly recommend this Kangaroo Camp.
Thank you Hugo for all you have done for me.
(Freshman: 5’4″, Sophomore: 5’6″, and Junior: 5’8″ – current school record holder, 2014 Wisconsin State Champion with a jump of 5’6″, and 2014 Wisconsin Indoor State co-champion tying state record with a jump of 5’8″ )
NOTE: To see Tierney’s before and after video please click HERE
Ronnie Stephens (father of Chance Stephens) PR: 6’11 1/4″ – Mississippi State Univesity – 2X Louisiana State High Jump CHAMPION!!!
After my son, Chance Stephens’ freshman year in which he jumped 5’8″, I knew he needed some professional coaching if he was going to fulfill his dream of competing at the collegiate level. I looked all over and finally found Coach Hugo. It has turned out to be the best decision we ever made. Chance has trained with Coach Hugo every summer since his freshman year and has steadily improved. Not only has Coach Hugo taught him lessons in high jumping, he also mixed in some great life lessons along the way. He instilled in Chance the confidence he needed to get to the next level. Thanks in large part, his dreams all came true last week when he signed to high jump for Mississippi State University. The opportunity to compete at the Division I level and in the SEC is beyond our wildest expectations. To cap it all off, this past weekend, at the Louisiana High School Indoor State Championships, Chance jumped a personal best 6’11 1/4″, tying the meet record and breaking his high school’s indoor record by 6 inches and 1/4! I have recommended Coach Hugo to so many people and will continue to do so. Thanks Coach!
NOTE: To see Chance jump 6’11 1/4″ please click HERE
To see Chance training at Kangaroo Athletics please click HERE
Hunter Weeks – PR: 6'10" - Grand Valley State University - 2014 Michigan High Jump State CHAMPION!!!
Good Morning Coach Hugo!
I would like to thank-you for the opportunity to work with you at the Minnesota camp. You taught me a lot about my approach and mental aspect of jumping in the few days you worked with me. Your knowledge and positive influence has boosted my confidence to help me towards achieving my goals I have set for my senior year. I look forward to doing some video analysis and a private lesson in Texas before track season starts. With your help and my off season training my goal of 7’+ and defending my state title are within reach. Thank-you again Coach Hugo and I look forward to working with you soon.
NOTE: To see Hunter’s before and after video, please click HERE
Val (mom) and Jeff Giannettino (athlete) from Iowa City, Iowa (PR: 7’1) - 3X Drake Relays CHAMPION and 3X Iowa State high jump CHAMPION!!
My son Jeff attended Kangaroo Camp in MN last Summer and his personal record last year was 6’3″. He had his first track meet yesterday and look at the sports headline from our paper…. 6’10″! He also set the school record with this jump. So thank you for your inspiration. He will definately be attending again this summer.
Note1: Jeff Giannettino went on to win the Drake Relays 3X and also won 3X the High Jump State Championship. Jeff came back to train at Kangaroo Athletics every year until he went on to West Point Academy in NY
Note2: To see Jeff’s before and after video please click HERE
Omo Tseumah from Chicago, Illinois – Marquette University- 2013 Illinois State High Jump CHAMPION!!
Hey Mr. Munoz, I have come to your high jump camp numerous times while I was in high school. I’m currently a freshman at Marquette University and I was just sitting down thinking about my high school track career, and I realize that I need to give you a grand thank you. This thank you comes a few months late, so I apologize for that. When I came out to Minnesota to see you the last time we met it was in February or March, the start of my track season. You told me you saw some big jumps coming out of me and a good season. Well I just wanted you to know that last school year I actually did win the Illinois high jump state championships. I think a lot of that is due to you and just some of the things you told me and the kind and helpful approach you try to teach all of us these basic track skills.
So I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you did teach me. I think you are just an upstanding guy, and no matter the level the track athlete was at you really did try to teach them some great principles and improve them as jumpers. You were never condescending or rude in the approach you used to teach us these techniques, and i respect and admire that greatly. I attached my track schedule to this email, if you’re ever in the area (none of them are in Texas however). I hope all is going well in Texas !
NOTE: To see Omo’s before and after video please click HERE
Julie Yedoni-Melbye (Mother of Trevor Yedoni) – University of Minnesota - 3X Minnesota State High Jump CHAMPION!!!
As a parent of an athlete, I would high recommend Hugo Munoz and the Kangaroo Track Club. My son, Trevor, first trained with Hugo in his high jump clinic 5 years ago as a 7th grader, learning the proper techniques of jumping. Every athlete has their natural, God given talents – but I believe that in order to compete at an Elite level you need a good coach to refine the skills. Hugo did an excellent job of not just refining the skills, but also getting to know Trevor as a person and discovering what motivates him.
Sophomore year Trevor was coming off of an injury, he trained with Hugo in his clinic and escalated his PR from 6’1” to 6’8” at the Kangaroo High Jump Festival 2 weeks later. 2 years later Trevor was 2010 MN State Champion at 6’10” and now has a new PR of 7’ and going for the MN State Record of 7’1 – ¼”, going to USA T&F Nationals in June and a Scholarship to the U of M. Hugo’s connections were also instrumental during the college recruiting process.
In addition, I would highly endorse the Kangaroo/Teneo High Jump Festival. Hugo has strong connections within the Elite jumping community, and attracts many elite jumpers to the festival. Seeing these athletes as a 7th grader gave Trevor a dream and passion for the sport that he hopes to take to the Olympics.
NOTE: To see Trevor’s before and after video please click HERE
Kelly McNamee (PB: 5-11 1/2) - University of Washington - 2X Washington State High Jump CHAMPION!!
I met Hugo back in 2009 after being invited to jump in the Kangaroo High Jump Festival. Hugo’s passion and excitement for jumping is absolutely contagious! I remember leaving the festival with such an eagerness to go home and continue working on my jump. There is no one else I know who loves their job more than Hugo. Jumping is such a technical event, and it takes a certain type of person to have the ability to coach people of all ages how to master these techniques. I have worked with several coaches over my high jumping career however none of them compare to Hugo and his teaching styles. He really takes pride in every single athlete no matter what level they’re at. I owe so much of my progress to him, and if anyone helped me love the High Jump more than I already did it would be Hugo!
NOTE: To see Kelly’s video (jumping at the Kangaroo HJ festival), please click HERE
Brenda (Mom) and Derek Jerde (athlete) - PR: 6'10" - University of Minnesota - 3X Minnesota State High Jump CHAMPION!!
Brenda(Mom): Hi Hugo, my husband & I want to thank you for all the great advice and support you have provided for our son Derek! You were extremely helpful when it came to sorting through college jumping options for Derek. Derek was always comfortable going to you for advice and guidance. The expertise and technique you provided him in high jump over the past two years was invaluable to him in securing his third consecutive state title to end his prep career. It was fun to also see Derek excel in the triple jump this year after his introduction to this event last summer at one of your camps! Derek was thrilled to make it to state this year in this event. You have truly been an inspiration and blessing to Derek!
Derek (Athlete): Training with Hugo two times a week was an amazing privilege that not every athlete gets the opportunity to do. His kindness and love he shows for the sport of Track and Field and for his athletes is remarkable. Day in and day out he makes sure that his athletes are doing well. You do not come across a coach like this very often, maybe not at all. I have had the great opportunity to work with Hugo for two years. Not only have I learned about the sport of Track and Field and college information, he has built a lot of character in me that will stay with me forever. His generosity and kindness to all of his athletes that he shows is not something that goes unrecognized. I am so thankful to have met you Hugo! You have been a great coach, teacher and mainly a friend. I just want to thank you for all of your hard work and wish you the best of luck in the future!
Katy (Mom) and Eva Greenwalt (Athlete) - PR: 5'8" - University of Iowa- Wisconsin State High Jump CHAMPION!!!
I know that my daughter already called you from the meet on Tuesday, but we also wanted to thank you for your excellent coaching. Her progress in high jump is due to the techniques you have taught her. I wanted you to know that after she cleared 5’2″, she walked up to me and said, “This FEELS good!” I reminded her about what you had told her about knowing how high jumps should feel, and she smiled and nodded, obviously thinking the same thing.
She had no misses through 5’7″, and she missed only once at 5’8″ before clearing it. This is a new school record and a new record for the school track for all competitions held there. She is currently tied for first on the State Honor Roll.
You did it, Coach. Thanks for helping make this possible for her.
I just wanted to let you know that I got third at state this year. It was very fun and exciting and it means that I’m first team all state b/c not very many athletes from the other divisions jumped higher than me. At our school, the people who make first team all state get their picture put up on the wall in one of the hallways and they stay there until the school gets taken down I guess. I’ve stood and looked at all the people many many times and now I get to be one. So thank you again for all of your help. I really doubt I could have done this without the work you did with me.
Thanks again, I hope to see you soon.
NOTE: To see Eva’s before and after video please click HERE
Brian Baxter (Father of Isaiah Morin-Baxter), South Dakota State High Jump CHAMPION 2019!
Dear Hugo, Thanks for your email. Isaiah is attending Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. He did a lot of soul searching and decided to accept a track scholarship with them. As you probably know he had a nice season. He jumped 6'7 and won both the Howard Wood and State Meet and was the best jumper in the state this year. One of my favorite weekends was when he competed two days in a row and jumped 6'6 at both meets winning both. I do wonder if he had only jumped one meet if he would have gone higher! It was wonderful to see his confidence and pride in what he was doing, as I know you can appreciate with your daughter. Our experience with you was something we will always treasure. You were an integral part of his success, and your positive attitude and encouragement made an enormous difference for him. We wish you and your family the best in the future. Because my daughter, Alexa likes to jump as well I anticipate our paths may cross again. If you are ever in Rapid City, please look us up. Brian.
NOTE: To see Isaiah video training at KTC for the 2019 season, please click HERE
Tony (father) and Quillan (jumper) Haughton from Texas - PR 6'8" - 01/20/16
From Tony (Quillan's Dad)
Thank you so much Coach Hugo for all of your work with Quillan. We first
met you three years ago, when Quillan said that he wanted to learn how
to high jump, and within a couple of sessions you had him jumping 6"4"
with just a four step approach. Since then you have helped him develop
both a 6 and 8 step approach and correct form over the bar. I believe
that your coaching has played a key role in getting him where he is now.
He ended last season by taking first at the USATF Olympic Region
Championship with 6' 6". and started this season with a win at Texas
A&M's Indoor High School Invitational with a new meet record of 6 7 1/2
and just last week took the Carl Lewis High School Invitational at UH
with a jump of 6 8". And he is incredibly excited about the future as he
has already jumped 6 10 in practice many times. With your help we
believe he will go over 7 feet by this summer. Which is really
incredible when you remember that he had to take more than a year off
due to a soccer injury. But I'm not just grateful for the technical
skills that you have shared with Quillan, but also for the care for him
as a young man that is so evident in all of your communications with
him. So thank you coach for teaching my son the fundamentals to be a
great high jumper, but also thank your for you care and support and
metorrship of him and his dreams. With my best regards, Tony Haughton.
From Quillan Haughton (jumper).
Thank you coach for all that you have done for me. I can remember first
coming to you and only scissor kicking five feet. I have come along way
from that and you have been a huge influence on me as both a coach and a
friend. You made me really appreciate high jump. You taught me the
fundamentals and created the foundation that allows me to compete at
this sport today. Thank you so much for working with me and believing in
me. I don't know where I would be if you hadn't have coached me and I am
truly thankful that you are a part of my life. Quillan Haughton.
NOTE: To see Quillan’s before and after video please click HERE
Amy Belica (Connor Belica's Mom) - From New Jersey - 09/20/16
Amy Belica (Connor Belica's Mom)
Good morning Hugo,
I just wanted to say thanks again for all you did for Connor at camp last weekend! And we truly did appreciate your offer to let Connor stay awhile longer on Sunday. While I know a part of Connor would have liked to practice a bit more, both he and his sister were pretty hungry, so we decided to call the day a success as it was!
I wanted to share something with you. My son is a quiet, analytical type of kid. He didn't say much after the 1st camp on Saturday, just that he had fun. And, as you know, he jumped like a different kid on Sunday! When we left the camp that day, I asked him what was different. He said he had thought about everything you had taught him on Saturday, slept on it, and on Sunday, he just applied it to his jumps and went for it. I'm so glad we did back-to-back camps, because he really got the most out of it that way. And while we are super proud of what he accomplished, I'm more excited that he's proud of himself! He was so enthusiastic after the 2nd camp, just knowing what he was actually capable of doing! I can't thank you enough for helping him believe in himself. We are all looking forward to what this track season will bring!
And one last note, thank you for posting the videos of Connor. The before and after one is amazing! Connor wanted me to ask if you had a photo of the kids from the Sunday camp as well. Definitely some great memories for him!
Best of luck to you and all of the Kangaroo Track Club kids this season. I would highly recommend your camp to anyone who is interested, and I'm sure we will visit one of your camps again in the future!
NOTE: To see Connor’s before and after video please click HERE
Kolton Kavanagh (going to Grand Valley State University) from MI (PR: 6’6″) – 01/10/15
Good Morning Coach Hugo!
Coach Munoz has taken me from a 5’10 jumper to a 6’6 jumper! In his camps I got great advice that took me a long way!!! Very worth the money &/or travel to work with him. He is a great guy and he cares about all of his athletes and does check ups to see how they are doing! The camp is also great for meeting people from all over the nation!
NOTE: To see Kolton’s before and after video, please click HERE or to see him training at the 2014 summer camp
David Phillips – TX (All TX State and going to Arkansas State) – 06/03/14
Working with you was one of the best decisions I ever made.
In our time together, I learned small details that made the biggest differences. Your passion for jumping is contagious, and I sincerely thank you for doing what you do!
If you are a jumper that has any desire to compete at the next level or just want a better PR, just try one session with coach Munoz and you will be amazed!
NOTE: To see David’s before and after video, please click HERE
Morgan Pieri from Lakeville, MN (PR: 5’8″ – University of Nebraska) – 02/27/14
I have been going to the Kangaroo Track Club camps for about 5 years now. I am a high jumper going off to the University of Nebraska next year. Hugo has helped me greatly with being able to jump higher, learn good mechanics and having an overall better understanding of the high jump. His way of coaching is very personalized to each individual athlete. There is also a lot of one on one coaching. I owe so much to Hugo and the Kangaroo Track Club for helping me become the high jumper I am today. I highly recommend his camps for anyone who wants to become a better high jumper!
NOTE: To see Morgan’s before and after video please click HERE
Emily Richards (athlete) and Kathleen Richards (mom) from Cinco Ranch HS in TX (Jumping at Air Force Academy) – 12/23/13
Hello Coach Hugo!
I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks as the US Air Force Academy track team begins preparations for the indoor track season. After working with me after my injury that keep me out of high school track my junior year, it was your ability to re-instill my self- confidence in my abilities as well as your continual work with me to improve my technical skills that made the difference. I really appreciated that you took your personal time to see me compete my senior year in invitational meets as well as the Texas 5A Regional and State meet. I am so looking forward to my indoor track season at the Academy and bettering the 5’8″ PR I achieved my senior year. Hope to get in a lesson or two with you when I am home for the holidays to kick start my track and field season in the new year.
Kathleen (mom): My family had the good fortune of meeting Hugo soon after he relocated to Katy, Texas. During our first lesson with Hugo, we met a family that had flown to Texas from Minnesota, so that their daughter could work with Hugo.
My daughter Emily and I were shocked to learn that many other jumpers also make the journey just to meet with Hugo!
After the first jump lesson, we knew Hugo was the perfect coach for Emily. Hugo and Emily developed a special bond, and Emily respected each challenge, critique and praise that was given to her.
Throughout the years, my daughters have played various sports and we have been surrounded by multiple coaches. What sets Hugo apart from the others, is his professional commitment to the athlete.
Hugo is all about giving credit to the student and not to himself or his coaching. Hugo is a man of honesty and high moral character.
During high school, an injury sidelined my daughter for the entire year. Despite the absence of jumping, Hugo maintained contact with us. He assured one distraught young lady that “It will be OK buddy.”
And it was. Emily continued to improve the following year with a PR 5′ 8″ and for the second time qualified to compete at State.
Emily had her choice to attend top level schools and entered USAFA in the fall 2013 and is a competitor on the Track/Field team. Our relationship with Hugo doesn’t end there. Emily jumps with Hugo any chance
she can “squeeze” in a lesson. The lesson involves much more than jumping. the conversation is just as important.
We are blessed that we have become friends with the Munoz family, and so thankful they stayed in Katy!
Thanks to the Munoz family for attending Emily’s meets and ALWAYS being her “cheerleaders.” As they say at the Air Force…….”AIM HIGH”
Kathleen Richard and family
NOTE: To see Emily’s before and after video (2011)please click HERE
For see Emily training in 2013 please click HERE
Kara Erickson from Paris, TX (Texas A&M) – 05/22/13
I just wanted to let you know how my season went this year! I now hold my school, district, area, and regional records after this year! I jumped 5’10” (new PR!!!) the first meet of the year and again at regionals (1st attempt) to break the record! I also got 2nd at state!! Thank you so much for helping me for the past three years! There is no way I would have done as well this year without your help! P.S. I signed to jump for Texas A&M University!!!!!
NOTE: To see Kara’s before and after video please click HERE
Nicole Christianson , MN (Collegiate All-American)
Hi Hugo! This email is long overdue, but I hope everything is going well for you! This season started out well and I was consistently jumping at higher heights than last year. We traveled down to Mankato where I jumped 1.69 meters which would ultimately qualify me for the NCAA national championships. Just after Mankato I got a stress reaction in my left foot (my jumping foot). I was instantly pulled and wasn’t allowed to practice or compete for three weeks. For a while I thought that I was going to be out the rest of the season, but luckily it was caught early so I returned to practice and competition a week and a half before nationals. Coming into nationals I was ranked 16th out of 17 for the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska. At the national meet, I tied for 8th so I BECAME AN INDOOR ALL-AMERICAN!!! I just want to thank you again for everything that you have done for me. Without you and KTC none of this would be possible! I owe it to you. Thanks for your continued support it means the world to me! I plan on doing more camps this summer, so I hope to see you then! Nicole Christianson
NOTE: To see Kara’s before and after video please click HERE
Chris & Lyle Johnston from MN (NDSU)
Chris (athlete): When I first went to see Hugo I was a sophomore in high school who had finished the season high jumping 6’1″. I worked with Hugo four times in the winter to prep for the next season. Those four practices were the most beneficial practices I have ever had. My form grew and I became much more confident over the bar and with my approach. When fall came I jumped 6’8.25″ at my first meet and saw much success over the course of the season. Over seven inches of improvement from four practices is incredible and would have been impossible without him. I have had six sessions since then and have no intention of stopping. Every practice is a new experience in which I know my knowledge and skill in the event will increase. Not only is Coach Hugo an amazing coach he’s also a great person. He is incredibly patient, kind and always willing to help or answer questions either in person, over the phone, or through email. When my senior year ended he gave me a plethora of information about colleges that have good high jump programs with strong coaching staffs. This helped immensely and made my decision making process much easier. I have never regretted spending time working with Coach Hugo and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in improving their jumping technique.
Lyle (Dad): Hello Hugo, I’m sending you this message of thanks for helping my son Chris, throughout the past several years. I remember back when Chris first arrived at your camp with terrible form and only able to reach a height of about 6’1″. I’m so impressed with how much he has improved under your expert instruction (6’8″). Chris would always come back from your camp with many positive things to say about how much had learned, your style of coaching and how he could feel that you truly cared about his success on and off the field. Chris had a great junior year in high school reaching 6’8″ three times that year and his confidence was high. Unfortunately, his senior year did not go so well, due to a historically bad spring that included shoveling snow off the track at the end of April/early May. Because of this the D1 team that had been recruiting him decided not to sign him. Chris was devastated when the track team dropped him especially when he had already started his first semester at the school. After learning of Chris’s situation you went out of your way to help him by being instrumental in finding Chris a new welcoming D1 school which has a better high jump coach. In helping Chris through his difficult time you have proven to our family that you are more than just a great coach but someone who truly cares about the success of each and every kid you work with. Hugo, you put the smile back on Chris’s face and the spring back in his step!
Thanks Hugo for being such a great coach, mentor, friend and advocate!!!
Raymond from, Louisiana
Hi Coach Hugo,
Thank you for making RJ 2013 track season a successful one. After practicing with you at the beginning of the season RJ went on to win every high jump competition that he competed in this season apart from one 2nd place finish at the USATF regional six competition. But his biggest success this season came at the AAU National Junior Olympics where he finished sixth place making him an AAU National Junior Olympic All American. Thank you for working with him, all this would not be possible without your help. You have truly been a blessing in our lives. May God continue to bless you and your family. We look forward to working with you again. Thanks! Raymond and RJ.
Jack From Chicago, Illionis
I wanted to let you to know your camp exceeded all expectations. Simply outstanding. Your personalized attention to each athlete is clearly very effective. The sense of accomplishment you helped my daughter to achieve made the experience a huge success. She told me she would like to return some day.
NOTE: To see Jack’s daugther before and after video please click HERE
Sue Hall (Mom) and Marie Hall (Athlete) – Columbus, Ohio
THANKS ! THANKS! THANKS! ….Marie came home from the August Jump Camp with an incredible amount of three things… knowledge of how to jump correctly, understanding of what good jumping feels like and confidence to come home and work toward her goal of jumping better.
As I’m sure you saw in our first meeting in June, I couldn’t see how she could come back home to Ohio and jump without a coach. She was having to make many adjustments and changes. But we listened to you and trusted your information, even if it was cautious trust at first, and planned to come back in July.
By the time we returned with Marie in July, we could trust where this training was going to take Marie. In the weeks between camps she demonstrated knowledge of what she needed to do and worked on those skills. She told us how she was able to dream about how to jump correctly. For Marie the time between training was just as important because she used the time to think about the areas she needed to adjust or change.
Now after three Jump Camps, she knows what she needs to do to see improvement in her jumps. She already knows she can jump consistently and higher. She plans to work hard between training times again. She has great videos to fuel her dreams, some of them are of her jumping or of someone else she can watch to learn. She looks forward to seeing you again before she starts jumping the Indoor season 2013.
We have been so impressed with your Jump Camp and your approach to teaching High Jump. Thanks for treating our child like she was yours. This past Spring when nothing seemed to be going right with Marie’s High Jumping…we prayed… THANKS for being part of the answer to our prayers. Thanks also for keeping the cost of your Jump Camps reasonable.
NOTE: To see Marie’s before and after video please click HERE
Felicia J. (Mom) and Kevin J (Athlete) – Chicago, Illinois (University of Kansas)
Kevin J. (Athlete): Coach Hugo, Just wanted to keep you posted on how my season is going. I just finish 1st place in the high jump at the Evanston Township Invitational with a PR of 6’7″!!! (my old PR was 6’3″) I am my school’s new high jump record holder!!! The record had been in existence for 36 years!!! That was my first meet of the season. My coaches actually made me stop jumping because I had already won the event. I wanted to see how high I could jump now that I have perfected my technique. My coaches were shocked and team mates were shocked! Thank you soooo much for all your help. I couldn’t have done it without your guidance and support. Once again, thanks so much for everything. Hopefully I’ll see you this weekend!
Felicia J. (Mom) : Allowing my son to attend your camp/clinic was the best investment I could have made in my son’s athletic career. My only regret is that I did not commit to it sooner. Not only did his leaping ability improve, he was able to break his school’s high jump record in his first meet after attending the sessions. His confidence has also improved tremendously. He looks forward to every meet and is now preparing to compete nationally. I highly recommend this camp/clinic for anyone that has the desire to take their abilities to the next level. Kudos to Coach Munoz for realizing the need for such an excellent program!
NOTE: To see Kevin’s before and after video please click HERE
Karl L. (Dad) and Dani L. (Athlete) – St. Peters, Minnesota (St. Olaf University)
Karl L. (Dad): My daughter, Danielle, has been working with Hugo for three years. It has been a fantastic experience for Danielle. Hugo builds wonderful relationships with the athletes he coaches, and learns how to keep them focused and motivated. He is as strong in the psychological part of jumping as he is in the techniques themselves. The result? 4 consecutive top 6 finishes at the Minnesota State Track Meet between 2007-2010. You can’t go wrong with the Kangaroo Track Club and Hugo Munoz!
Dani L. (Athlete): Hi Hugo!! I am emailing you is to let you know that I just jumped 5′ 5″!!!!!!!
THANK YOU for helping me reach my new PR and THANK YOU for always believing in me!! I’ll see you Sunday and you can bet I’ll be wearing my new Teneo high jump spikes.
NOTE: To see Danielle’s before and after video please click HERE
Derek Alderks from Northfield, Minnesota (Iowa State University)
Hi, my name is Derek and I spent about three to four months working with Hugo Munoz as part of the Kangaroo High Jump Club doing high jump. I worked with him both in one-on-one sessions as well as in the summer camps for about two months. These were both amazing experiences as not only having the opportunity to work with someone as distinguished as Mr. Munoz but to be able to learn from him. He has so much knowledge of the jump that it can be overwhelming. He can see things in real time that I could only see after watching the video three or four times and comparing it to other peoples jumps. Hugo was able to help me feel new things in my jump that I could never feel before and the result of doing this correctly is inches over the bar. I would highly recommend this program to any jumper that wants that extra push to get going in the sport. This means everyone from beginners to experts. The earlier the better. I know it’s cliché but it’s harder to break bad habits latter down the road. Mr. Munoz was able to help me tie the 28 year old record at my high school (PB: 6’7″) as well as take second place in the section 1AA state meet for 2008. Again, I would highly recommend Hugo to all jumpers.
Warren Eickhoff, former University of Washington jumper (PB: 7-0 3/4) – Seattle, Washington
To talk about Coach Munoz is a bit of a challenge simply because there are so many good things for me to say about him as a coach and an individual. As a collegiate high jumper at the University of Washington I had the opportunity to spend roughly a year with Coach Munoz training, jumping, and above all learning from him both about competition on the field as well as how to deal with the rigorous pace of collegiate athletics. Under his guidance I trained harder than ever before. I became more informed and more devoted to my sport. When I first met Coach I had been jumping for a total of seven years, and I had thought I knew a thing or two about how to high jump, but I was in for a surprise. Coach ratified my jumping style and training regiment from day one. At the end of the first month I began to see results. My jumping strength and confidence had increased as well as my consistency over the bar. Simply put, he is a remarkable coach and if I had the choice, I would put any athlete in his hands that holds a desire for improvement and hard work.
Pete Hoffman (Eva Hoffman’s father)- Western Springs, Illinois (Loyola University)
My daughter Eve is a high school triple jumper and high jumper. She got a relatively late start in track, not even trying either event until her sophomore year. To help make up for her late start, she’s attended several Kangaroo Track Club camps and seminars over the past year and a half. In addition to being an obviously accomplished athlete himself, Hugo’s ability to break down technique, convey it to the athlete, and then help the athlete turn that coaching into improved performance, is amazing.
Eve has set PR’s in both events after every Kangaroo event she’s attended, and she’ll continue to attend Kangaroo clinics every chance she gets. The clinics and camps are well run, a lot of fun and, most importantly, help the athlete improve immediately. Eve will be jumping next year at a Division 1 college and her time with Hugo and Kangaroo is a huge part of that. Thanks Hugo!
John A. & Donna A. – Atlanta, Georgia
John A. – Atlanta, Georgia: Track season 2010 was full of improvement in my high jump career – all thanks to Coach Hugo! During the summer of 2009, I visited Minnesota to work with and learn from Coach Hugo; we worked in one-on-one sessions for two days. He drastically changed my technique and I could see the improvement before even departing Minnesota. Once I completed football season, I began a regimen of training using Hugo’s long-distance weekly workouts. By the end of the season, I had improved my person best by four inches! I placed second in my region and qualified for the state meet. I look forward to continuing to improve during my junior year in high school. Hugo truly has been excellent in his support of my high jump career!
Donna A. (John’s Mom)– Atlanta, Georgia: What a blessing Coach Munoz has been in our son’s life. Prior to finding Hugo, John was doing his best, but without a coach’s expertise. Once we found Hugo and visited him in Minnesota, things began to change completely, regarding John’s jumping. In addition to Hugo e-mailing us weekly workout plans for John’s specific needs, he called frequently and was always available for John to phone him with questions. During high profile meets, Hugo and I even kept in contact via text. What a great coach! John’s on the right track and we look forward to seeing Hugo again this summer and working with him next spring.
Lara Nelson former University of Washington jumper – Spokane, Washington
Coach Munoz is very dedicated to track and field and he truly cares about all his athletes and is very inspiring. He can find the potential in every athlete he works with. He is very understanding, but an extremely hard worker, and is a great motivator to any athlete who wants to succeed.
Hugo began coaching me with a month before the first track meet. His first words were, “I have one month to get you into shape.” I was excited, scared, and strangely motivated as were the other athletes. We were not sure what this guy was going to do or how he was going to get us into top jumping shape in a month.
Needless to say I have never worked so hard and was really motivated to work hard. In the end Hugo succeeded. I was in the best physical and mental shape I had ever been in, in one month. I felt powerful, strong, and explosive. Hugo was very dedicated working with his athletes.
Robert Wagner and Valerie Lindenmuth (online HJ video analysis) – Dallas, Texas
Just a quick note to let you know that yesterday Valerie Lindenmuth finally cleared 5’4″ for the first time (after being stuck at 5’2″ for 4 years!) It was particularly special because this was her senior year, she did it at the state championship meet, and she won.
We both feel that it was your coaching and advice, (based upon your review of her videos) that allowed her to finally break through, and in fact, had she been able to attend your camp last summer, as I encouraged her to do, she probably would have broken through earlier. Nevertheless, that she was able to close out her high school career (after getting 4th as a freshman, 3rd as a sophomore, and 2nd as a junior) with a gold medal and a PR meant very much to her and her family. Valerie has signed with Southern Methodist University and plans to compete in the heptathlon.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks, and best wishes to you and the Kangaroo Club.
Kelsey Buehrer – Lakeville, Minnesota
I have had the privilege to work with Hugo for the past year and a half and the only regret that I have is that it is coming to an end. Hugo is one of the best coaches anyone could ask for. His experience as coach and as a former Olympian, allows him to share a lifetime’s worth of training and apply it to the technique of his athletes. During the off season, I will admit my butt was kicked, but it was necessary. From September until the beginning of the season, Hugo gave challenging but not impossible workouts that turned me into a stronger, well-prepared jumper. He teaches each of us to understand our boundaries; when to push them and when it is time to take a break. I never liked the latter but he could always tell and would have me rest up until I was ready to go (his caring demeanor refused to let any of his athletes get hurt). By the time the track season rolled around he offered his guidance once more, holding weekend sessions to make sure I was getting all that I could out of my jump, and I had a wonderful finale for my high school career. I made it to finals at sections, set two personal records, and had a great time improving my high jump by five inches and my triple jump by more than a foot. Without Hugo’s help, none of this would have been possible.
The Kangaroo Track Club is a great place for those who want to improve. That is why everyone goes, is to get better and being surrounded by a group of driven, hardworking people just makes it that much easier to learn. I would recommend this program to anyone who likes track and field.
Have a good one!
Enjoy your adventures.
NOTE: To see Kelsey’s before and after video please click HERE
I came to the jump clinic/camp with just one season of experience as a high jumper and I wanted to get better at it. Within one week Hugo was able to break down everything about my form, in both the run up and the jump, and could explain it in an easy to understand fashion. Getting one on one criticism from him allowed me to better understand what I needed to work on for the next season. Watching videos of what I was doing wrong, and being able to watch how the other jumpers performed were valuable visuals that allowed me to see the difference in what I was doing currently versus what I needed to be doing. The next track season rolled around, and I was able to dig up my notes from the clinic. I worked on everything he had told me about, and with help from my coach was able to correct some of the errors. By the end of the season I was able to win the sectional meet with a jump of 6’5”, and finished 6th at the state meet with a jump of 6’4”.
Yesterday was the Big 9 Conference, and I just wanted to say thank you so much because the training really paid off! I triple jumped 36′ 2.5″ to get a school record, and win the meet which was very exciting and surprising, considering I have never even jumped a 35′ before. That puts me first in our section and eighth in state, and would be an automatic state qualifier too! I also won the 100, 200, and 400, so it was overall an exciting day.
Again, thank-you for helping me with the triple jump because it clearly improved my distance by a considerable amount.
Chris (parent) & Anissa (athlete) from Wyoming
Chris (Parent): WOW, where do I begin. Coach Munoz is AMAZING!!!! His approach to coaching is the best I have ever seen. It doesn’t matter what skill level you are he can help you. We did the 4 hour Saturday camp and the only thing I regret is not having signed my daughter up for the Sunday camp as well. Having only 6 kids per camp allowed Coach Munoz to work individually with each child. He had that bar going up and down so many times so that each kid could jump at their level. His way of communicating to the kids was fantastic and understandable. The before and after video’s are great to have. You can see the difference right in front of your eyes. I can not say enough about this Coach and we will definitely be back!!!!! Thank you Coach Munoz for helping my daughter so much in such a short time! You are the greatest!
Anissa (Athlete): I have never felt so comfortable with a Coach. I appreciate that when it was my time to jump it was all about me, and that he was focused completely on me. It was only about me and what I needed to work on. I understood completely what he was telling me to do. I wasn’t scared of the higher heights with his pointers. Thank you Coach Munoz.
NOTE: To see Anissa before and after video please click HERE
Coach Steve Johnson
I just wanted to thank you again for helping with Eric yesterday; what he and I learned was amazing. His confidence level is extremely high; like he said “when I do it right it is effortless”.
Again, thank you so much for the help; Eric is excited about the season and I learned more in an hour and a half than I have in five years of coaching.
On Eric Johnson making it to the MN state championship……
Hi, I wanted to thank you again for the training session you had with Eric in April it was a dramatic change in high jumping style for him. We have had a very successful season, Eric has finished in the top three at every meet this season and has set a new PB at 6′. He has also qualified for the state track meet this coming weekend.
The Johnson Family
Thank you so very much for the kind words of congratulations to your athletes who are continuing their success in track and field at the collegiate level. I know Kale would not be there were it not for the many hours she spent in training with you. It genuinely was a pleasure getting to know you and your family and spending time with other families of the Kangaroo Track Club. How incredibly fortunate we are to have you in Minnesota! Your dedication to your athletes is indescribable. When I think back to the first year that Kale trained with you, I remember the numerous hours you worked to help her overcome the “mental” aspect of a difficult competition. You went above and beyond that of teaching her the skills to be a successful high jumper. We are forever grateful.
Chris, Steve and Kale Johnson
I thought that both high jumping and long jumping with you was a very fun and helpful experience. It was great that you pushed me to jump higher and farther. I improved so much over those 6 weeks with you, and I would really like to keep jumping for a long time. It is such a tremendous feeling that I finally found a coach who really knows what he’s doing. It especially helps that you always know what is good and what is bad for my body while working out, because you have already dealt with it all. I would also be very interested in joining you in the pre-season, which would help me so much during the regular season.
Thank you for an awesome year!
Thank you so much for all of the incredible coaching. I had a really great time at the camp and the clinic. Those two weeks of high jumping were very helpful. I liked how many jumps we got to take in one session, and being able to listen to what needs to change and then fix it right away. I have heard you talk about so many helpful things in the past, but being able to work on them with you there while I am jumping has made all the difference. I finally know what it feels like to have a good jump. I learned a lot, met some great people, and had a really fun time, thank you. Also, thanks for being so flexible, I am glad I was able to participate. Keep me updated on anything in the future.
The jump camp was a great experience. I really liked the relaxed/open atmosphere where we could have time between jumps to visualize and make adjustments. I also liked the simplicity of the camp activities (passing and complete TJs) because it gave me a chance to focus on the fundamentals. After looking at my jumps on the Kangaroo Track website, I can tell my hop phase is much improved. In those four days, my takeoff angle improved more than it had in the past three years. As far as making the camp better…I really can’t think of anything
My son felt that he gained a lot from your advice and that it was a great experience. He’s usually so laid back that it is hard to tell if he is excited about something. I could tell after yesterday that he is looking forward to putting his new knowledge to use. Sometimes it is tough to inspire kids, however you have been able to inspire my son. He had a lot of fun.
David Rynda (St. Johns University)
As a Computer Science major and a technology enthusiast, I must say I thought one of the best features at this camp was the videos you shot and used as an aide in showing us what we were doing well, doing wrong and could do better in. Another aspect I really like about your coaching style, was that you taught not only why we jump the way we do, but how it should feel, which is perspective I have never been taught in previously. The thing I took away from this camp that I feel put my jump together nicely was adding the overhand technique, rather than double-handing. This made my legs push outward rather than upward and I was able to maintain my velocity much better and go a lot farther. In addition, while accelerating, throwing my arms back rather than forward was a beneficial addition to my jumping arsenal. I am excited to keep practicing and perfecting the things I’ve learned at this camp at will frequent the site for videos of myself, other athletes, and pros to see how I can further improve.
A thousands thanks and see you during the season!
Chuck and Alex Bavis (University of Notre Dame)
Alex and I can’t thank you enough for your hospitality, and expertise in helping him understand what the high jump is, and what he needs to do to be successful. Alex is already planning on how he can work in your clubs workout into his practice regime somehow.
We spent some time going over the videos I took, and analyzing it which really seemed to help him understand the things he did right and wrong. It brought back points you covered in you lectures and videos.
Alex and I enjoyed meeting all the club members, and hope to follow their successes this season, they’re great kids.
We do truly look forward to a return trip to Minneapolis sometime in the near future. Thanks again Hugo!
Hugo, thanks a million for what you have done for my triple jump in the short span of 3 weeks. I couldn’t be happier with how far you’ve taken me. Important elements of the jump that I hadn’t been able to accomplish in the past 14 years that I’ve doing the event, you helped me to achieve in the matter of a few hours. I honestly believe you have seen me along to the breakthrough I’ve been looking for, which would likely have been otherwise unattainable without a good coach like you. It has paid off for me to shed some of my preconceptions of the event and to absorb the new perspectives you have offered. You are very good at communicating the sensation of triple jumping, putting it into effective terms. You serve the important reminder that, in order to succeed at the event, jumping must become a lifestyle. I appreciate what I have learned about some of the subtle, yet all important, aspects of the jump–things I had overlooked in the past. Your camp has helped me to improve more quickly than I could have ever imagined. In the first day alone, as the video clearly shows, you had me already changed all around for the better. I am much more relaxed and confident with my jumping now. I look forward to passing on what I have learned to the athletes I coach. I recommend your camp whole-heartedly. You are a people person. Other athletes are sure to appreciate your genuine passion for the sport, your relaxed, patient, and positive feedback-driven style of coaching, and the resultant gains they will make with their jumping. Thanks again, and I’m sure I will continue to get with Kangaroo Track Club.
Larry from Sugarland, Texas
I wanted to let you know that the work you did this fall with Samantha really helped during track season. She was the UIL district 23-4A, region 3, girls high jump champion on the JV team, placed in every meet, and won most of those both inside and outside the district. The hard work that she put in and the coaching and insight she received from your camp helped the smallest freshman on the team win big ! We are looking forward to next year’s Varsity team and plan to see you again this summer and fall. Thank You!!!
NOTE: To see Samantha’s before and after video please click HERE
I really appreciated the camp very much. I’ve been jumping wrong for 4 years and you helped me know how to change the way I jumped. I knew what I was doing wrong but I didn’t know how to change it. I would definitely recommend the camp to any who is having problems with high jump!
I just wanted to let you know that I loved coming to the camp. Today, being Monday, it felt so weird not going out to Apple Valley at 6 to go to high jump, I missed it, so I thought you did an excellent job at coaching and making it enjoyable. I think one of the things that I liked most about the camp was that you seemed to grow a bond between every single high jumper and knew what each one needed and what encouragement needed to be said to help them improve. I also was wondering if you could keep me up to date on the pre-season stuff, because that would help out a lot. Thanks again and I’ll probably be seeing you on Wednesday!
I thought that the Kangaroo Track Club summer camp was great. I would go back again. I think that the most valuable aspect of the camp for me was teaching me to lean more on the turns and to relax more. The coaching was great too. I would recommend this camp to people because you learn a lot there.
I thought the clinic was outstanding. It had a great blend of technique theory and practical training methods. Coach Munoz would elaborate on the proper movements and technique, then explain why. In addition, he taught it in a way that we could immediately use with our athletes. The open atmosphere made us a quite comfortable to interrupt and ask questions when needed. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to watch athletes jump in the afternoon session. We watched the jumps, discussed ideas with other coaches in attendance and heard the advice Coach Munoz had for the athletes as well. I think that beginners and advanced coaches and athletes alike greatly benefited from this clinic and Coach Munoz.
Hugo – This is Kayla. I was very glad to attend your high jump clinic, and to have the opportunity to meet with you a second time. I learned a lot from your clinic, but even more last Friday night individually. I appreciate all your effort to make time for me last Friday and hope I will be seeing you again sometime in the future. We will try to keep you updated with videos and pictures if we can figure out how to send them to you.
Thank you very much!
Thank Mr. Munoz for the clinic on Saturday. My daughter Katie really enjoyed it. She say’s she learned a lot too. We look forward to the track season and hopefully many successes. Katie also said she was proud to have participated in your clinic.
Your web page is great!!!!!!
Angela Larson (mom) from Wisconsin
Just wanted to send you a quick email and thank you for the work you did with Emmy at camp over the winter. Due to the weather in Wisconsin, we are still indoors, but Emmy’s coach is very pleased with the rhythm of her triple jump. Her longest jump so far this season is 33’4″, which is about 2 feet farther than her longest jump outdoors last season. She is hoping to hit 34′ as the season progresses, and she would like to hit 35′ by the time regionals/sectionals roll around. We truly appreciate the time and attention she received from you. Thank you!!
NOTE: To see Emmy”s before and after video please click HERE
Jeff and Ruth Young (parents) from South Dakota
Angela Young from South Dakota attended your recent long jump and triple jump camp in Eagan. She is a 9th grader this year. Last year her best triple jump was 32′ and her best long jump was 15’1″. This year she just had her first meet and she jumped 16′ 3.5″ in long jump and a staggering improvement of 35′ 6.5″ in triple jump. Thank you for a great camp.
NOTE: To see Emmy”s before and after video please click HERE
Coach Mark Friend
Hugo, just wanted to send you a thank you for sharing your jumping expertise! I learned way more in your high jump camps than I did reading books, you broke the jump down very well.
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