Assistant Coach -- Sprints, Horizontal Jumps
Pate comes to Notre Dame after 11 seasons at Kansas, coaching horizontal jumps and combined events. While there, he coached multiple Olympic athletes, 79 All-Americans and 11 National Champions. Pate was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year four times during his tenure with the Jayhawks and he helped lead the team to its first NCAA Outdoor Championship team title in 2013. Pate coached the school’s first women’s individual NCAA Outdoor Champion when Lindsay Vollmer took home the 2013 title in the heptathlon.
Prior to his time with the Jayhawks, he spent nine years at his alma mater, Indiana University, serving as assistant and associate head coach before being named interim head coach in 2006-07. While in Bloomington, he was named National Assistant Coach of the Year twice, coached 22 Big Ten champions, an NCAA champion and an indoor and outdoor USA Champion. He saw three individuals receive All-American honors under his training and led two to the Olympic Games (2004 and 2008).
Before heading to Bloomington, Pate was an assistant coach at Purdue and oversaw the sprints, hurdles, long jump and triple jump. He coached a talented group of sprinters who were also members of the football team. Brian Alford was the Big-10 200 meter champion, while Vinnie Sutherland and Chris Clopton were conference finalists in the 60 meter dash.
Pate also spent time at Texas, Tennessee and Murray State, where he served as the head coach. Accolades of his early coaching career include being named the Ohio Valley Women’s Coach of the year and coaching individuals to five national titles in the long jump and high jump. At Murray State, he worked with three-time Olympian Heather Samuels (4×100 relay, 100m, 200m).
While a student at Indiana University, he was crowned the Big Ten Champion twice in the long jump and was a member of the 400-meter relay Big Ten Championship team.