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Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County Girls track coach of the year.


Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach County Girls, Cross Country coach of the year.




Coach Crate



USATF Level II Track & Field coach, Road Runners Clubs of America (RRCA) certified distance coach, NFHS Accredited Interscholastic Coach, NFHS track & field coach, Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach, Certificate in Human Performance, U.S. Sports Academy.


Coach at 4 different private schools in South Florida.




Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County Girls track coach of the year.


Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach County Girls, Cross Country coach of the year.




Coached Boca Christian's middle school girls cross country team to a tie for first place Palm Beach County High School Cross Country Championship and to the State runner up team at the Middle School State Championship.


Coached only boy in history of Boca Raton to be crowned Cross Country State Champion.


Simultaneously in one season coached the Sun Sentinel & Palm Beach Post high school male and female Palm Beach County, runners of the year.


Coached dozens of individual regional champions and 4 x 8 regional champion teams.


Coached athletes to over 10 podium finishes at State Cross Country & Track meets including 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th in State, in distances from 1600 to 5000m.


Coach Thurmond

Michelle (Oman) Thurmond

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Inducted into the MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY Hall of Fame (2009)

1995 All-American

  • MSU Women’s Medal of Honor recipient as school’s top senior female athlete in 1996-97

  • Finished second in the mile at the 1997 NCAA Indoor Track Championships in earning All-America honors and was second in the 1,500-meter run at the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Championships

  • Placed third at the 1996 NCAA outdoor meet in the 1,500m

  • Won the 1,500-meter run and placed second in the 800-meter run at the 1997 North Central Conference Championships

  • Placed second in the 1,500m and 3,000m at at the 1996 NCC Outdoor meet after winning the 800 and mile at the 1996 indoor meet

  • Also a member of the cross country squad, she was a 1995 All-American with an 18th-place finish and led the team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Some Testimonials


Hunter Morgan

"Coach Crate is a passionate, extremely knowledgeable and engaging cross country / track coach. He brings more than just experience - he gives runners a vision for success and a road map on how to get there! He has helped my son tremendously and we appreciate it more than words can say!"

Faye Morgan,

Calvary Christian Academy


Natasha Strump

Although Coach Crate was only my coach for one track season (my senior year), he left a huge impression on me. You will never meet a coach that is more invested in your success than Alan. His attention to detail, his passion and his belief in the ability of every one of his athletes is like nothing I have seen before. His training is tough but it makes you tougher. If you want to be an incredible athlete, Coach Crate can take you there.


Natasha Strump

Westminster Christian School / Baylor University

Coach's note:  Despite being seriously injured for 2/3 of her senior track season, Natasha was the regional champion in the 800, setting the Westminster Christian's school record in the process. She was also the anchor for her regional championship 800 meter relay team.  Natasha placed 5th in the State 1A in the 1600 and was recruited by and now runs for Baylor University.


Tucker Hindle

"Coach Crate was my high school cross country and track & field coach. I was under his training for 4 years and he helped me achieve all of my running career goals. As a result of his training, I was able to become the 2015 Cross Country 1A State Champion and the 2016 Outdoor 3200m 1A State Runner-up. He prepared me to go on and compete on a scholarship for a nationally-ranked collegiate cross country and track & field team."


- Tucker Hindle,  BRCS

Coach's note:  Tucker was the 2015 Sun Sentinel & Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County Cross Country Runner of the year.  He was also voted Florida cross country runner of the year.  Tucker received a full academic & athletic scholarship to Lee University. Despite there being 7 high schools with cross country teams in Boca Raton, with a combined existence of 290 years, Tucker is the only boy to have ever been crowned State Champion from Boca.

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