The Umpqua Community College Department of Athletics is excited to announce the hiring of Alan King as the Head Coach for the Track and Field and Cross Country programs.
King is coming to UCC from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.
Coach King holds USATF Level II certification in endurance and has also earned USTFCCCA certifications in Strength and Conditioning, Track & Field Technical Coaching, and Track & Field Program Management.
King spent 4 season at Culver-Stockton College where his athletes established a total of 12 school records for indoor track & field and 16 school records for outdoor track & field. Both men's and women's cross country school records were established during his time there.
In 2017, King helped guide Paige Bray to conference titles in both the 100m and 200m en route to becoming Culver Stockton College's first female track All-American in school history with a 6th place finish at the NAIA National Championships. Bray earned the Heart of America Conference female track athlete of the year, while establishing a conference record in the 100m dash with a time of 11.83.
In King's first season at Culver-Stockton, he helped Adrian Sanchez earn the Heart of America Conference male track athlete of the year. Sanchez earned a first place finish in the 200m, 400m, and anchored the conference champion 4x400m relay team. That same season, Jermaine Jones established a Heart of America meet record with a high jump of 6'11 ¾" jump. Jones went on to earn NAIA All-American honors in high jump in both the indoor and outdoor season, finishing 3rd both times.
Before arriving at Culver-Stockton College, King developed Rocky Mountain College's cross country and track programs in 2007. During his tenure at RMC, the men's team qualified for the 2014 NAIA National Championships in cross country, 16 All-Conference cross country athletes, 18 individual NAIA cross country national qualifiers, 24 individual NAIA track and field national qualifiers, 5 NAIA national relay team qualifiers, 13 top ten individuals, and 7 NAIA track All-Americans.
Coach King earned his B.A. from Dakota Wesleyan University and his M.A. in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University. As a collegiate athletes, King qualified for the NAIA national championships in cross country (1), indoor (2) and outdoor track (2). His best finish came during his junior outdoor track campaign when he finished 10th in the 10k. After college, King competed as an elite athlete in the California International Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Miami Marathon and the USATF ½ Marathon Championships.
Coach King believes in giving back to sport. While at Culver-Stockton, he served on the NAIA Executive Committee and the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Standards Committee. He has also served as an NAIA National Men's Cross Country Rater and on the NAIA Jury of Appeals for cross country.
Umpqua Director of Athletics, Craig Jackson, had this to say about the hiring of Coach King," We are very excited to be able to welcome someone with Coach King's background, history of success, and understanding of the vison for Umpqua Athletics. He comes with exactly the experience and mentality that we were looking for as we develop these new and growing programs. People are going to be excited to find out what of person and coach he is, as well as what he and his family bring to UCC and to Douglas County."