Joe Dial

Joe Dial, (left) prepares to catch a pole from Duncan’s David Jones as Dial will be returning to Marlow to sign his new book at the 4th of July celebration.

Gold Medal Publishing, LLC has released a new biography, The Sky's the Limit - The Joe Dial Story. Dial set the pole vault indoor World Record in 1986 and also held the American outdoor record for nine years (1985-1994). He currently serves as the award-winning Oral Roberts University Head Track Coach.

Dial is returning to Marlow for the 4th of July celebration and plans to participate in city's annual 4th of July parade that morning. He will also be signing copies of his book at a booth in Redbud Park on the 4th. Copies of the 247 page book ($24.95) will be available at the park.

"I am looking forward to coming home and seeing all my friends and family. I've always enjoyed Marlow's July 4th celebration. I hope to see you at Redbud Park. Please come by and say hi," Dial said.

Dial enjoyed an amazing pole vaulting career. Among his accomplishments:

- Four-Time Oklahoma High School State Champion

- First high school vaulter to clear 18 feet

- Six-time Big 8 Conference Champion (3 indoor, 3 outdoor)

- Four-time NCAA Champion (2 indoor, 2 outdoor)

- First collegiate vaulter to clear 19 feet

- Qualified for five Olympic Trials

- Bronze Medalist in 1989 World Championships

- Set the American pole vaulting record nine times

- Set the Indoor World Record in 1986 at 19 feet, 4.75 inches

- Competed world-wide, pole vaulting on five continents

- Current Head Track & Field Coach, Oral Roberts University; 26 years

- 18 Conference Championships

- 14-time Conference Coach of the Year

- Inducted into six Halls of Fame

About the book "The Sky's the Limit - The Joe Dial Story"

By Doug Eaton and Joe Dial

Joe Dial's story is one of hard work, perseverance, dedication and determination. Starting at age five when he began pole vaulting in the family's front yard his under the watchful eyes of his father and long-time coach, Dean Dial, Joe had the sport literally ingrained in his DNA.

Practicing for hours every day - often from breakfast until sunset - in the small Oklahoma town of Marlow, Joe knew early on that he wanted to make the sport of pole vaulting his life's work.

Winning high school and collegiate championships, competing as a professional on the world stage and later serving as head track and field coach of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joe was able to make his dream come true. Besides the details of his athletic and personal development and accomplishments through the years, the book also captures many of the interesting, humorous and sometimes embarrassing, moments behind the scenes which Joe experienced through his world-wide travels as he competed on five continents.

Taking his first international trip alone at age 17, suffering the tragic death of his adopted son, enduring and overcoming numerous injuries, meeting the Pope and nearly coming to blows with one of his chief rivals and all of Joe's successes and accomplishments are just a few of the adventures detailed.