July 21, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Former University of Alabama All-American and national champion Miguel Pate has been hired as an assistant coach on the Crimson Tide’s track and field staff, head coach Dan Waters announced Thursday.
“Miguel is a great addition to our staff and he’s exactly what we need and are looking for in our program,” Waters said. “He’s energetic and has the passion and desire be a great coach. 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 returns to his alma mater after a season as an assistant at Samford following a successful professional career. At Alabama he will serve as the assistant sprints coach while also assisting with the jumps and various other areas of the program.
“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.