Burks pulled out the victory over two competitors from the University of Oregon who were competing with a boisterous crowd cheering for them on their home field
Former University of Alabama All-American and long jump national champion Miguel Pate is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at the Capstone in 2016. Pate serves as the jumps coach along with various other areas of the program.
“Miguel is energetic and has the passion and desire to be a great coach,” says Waters. “He has a great background and reputation in the South, as both a coach and athlete – plus, he carries the experience of being a national champion and understands the level at which we aim to compete.”
In 2015, Pate coached sophomore Quanesha Burks to the Crimson Tide's first women's NCAA Long Jump Championship, becoming the first member of the Alabama track and field family to both win an NCAA titles and coach an athlete to an NCAA title.
In 2014, Pate coached Quanesha Burks to second-team All-America honors in the long jump, as well a second place finish in the women's long jump at the United States Junior National Championships. Pate helped both the men's and women's squads build on their success from 2013 as they moved into the 2014 season. Diondre Batson captured the 200-meter title at the NCAA indoor meet in a time of 20:32, while simultaneously breaking the Alabama school record. Batson returned to the track the next day to take third in the 60-meter race. Throughtout the 2014 indoor season, Batson posted five of the 10 best times in Alabama history, as well as four of the top 10 best 60-meter times.
Remona Burchell set the standard for the women's squad winning the 60-meter title at the NCAA indoor meet, as well as the 100-meter title at the NCAA outdoor championship. Burchell's 60-meter title was the first indoor title for an Alabama woman in any event since 1989. The junior also broke a 28-year- old Alabama school record in the 100-meters in route to qualify for the national championships at the NCAA East Preliminary meet. The 4x100-meter squad finished sixth at the outdoor championship, anchored by Burchell.
Pate helped Alabama sprinters make an impact on the SEC and national levels in 2013. Led by SEC outdoor 100-meter champion Diondre Batson, the Alabama sprint corps announced the Tide’s return to national prominence by keying a run to an 11th-place team finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. At that meet, Alabama’s 4x100-meter relay crew of Batson, Alex Sanders, Hakeem Haynes and Dushane Farrier posted the two fastest relay performances in Alabama history. In the semi-finals, the quartet broke a 23-year-old record with a time of 38.78. Three days later, the foursome came within a whisker of winning the NCAA title in the event, finishing second in the relay in another school-record time of 38.54.
Pate returned to Tuscaloosa after a season as an assistant at Samford, following a successful professional career.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m extremely excited about being in position to help bring Alabama back to a national level.” Pate said. “The transition from professional to collegiate coach has been a smooth one and I feel I’m comfortable working with student-athletes and helping them perform at their best. This opportunity will allow me to do that and learn from the incredible coaching staff coach Waters already has in place.”
As a student-athlete at Alabama from 1999-2002, Pate captured the NCAA indoor long jump title in 2002 and finished second in the triple jump. That same indoor season, he set the collegiate indoor long jump record with a mark of 28-2.25 at the USA Indoor Championships before winning a bronze medal at the World Championships. Pate was a seven-time All-American at Alabama and was ranked in the top five in the United States and the top 10 in the world in the long jump for eight consecutive years. He still owns the Alabama records in both the long jump and triple jump indoors and remains the Tide record holder in the outdoor long jump.
Pate finished third at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials to earn his first spot on the Olympic team at the Beijing Games. The West Feliciana, La., native ended the 2008 season ranked number one in the U.S. by Track & Field News and followed that with a fourth-place finish at the USA Outdoor Championships before retiring from competition to begin his coaching career.