Former University of Alabama All-American and national champion Miguel Pate is in his third season as an assistant coach at the Capstone. Pate serves as the assistant sprints coach while also assisting with the jumps and various other areas of the program.
"Miguel is energetic and has the passion and desire to be a great coach," Waters said. "He has a great background and reputation in the South as a coach and athlete. Plus he carries the experience of being a national champion and understands the level at which we aim to compete."
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 seconds. 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 has in place already."
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 and won a bronze medal at the World Championships. He was a seven-time All-American at Alabama and was ranked in the top five in the USA and the top ten in the world in the long jump for eight consecutive years. He still owns the UA records in both the long jump and triple jump indoors and the school record in the outdoor long jump as well.
In 2008 he finished third at the US Olympic Trials to earn his first spot on an Olympic team at the Beijing Games. He ended the 2008 season ranked number one in the U.S. by Track & Field News and followed that up with a fourth-place finish at the USA Outdoor Championships. He ended that season ranked third in the country by Track & Field News before retiring from competition to begin his coaching career.