Head Cross Country & Distance Track Coach
Coach Alan King is beginning his sixth year at the helm of Rocky Mountain College's cross country programs. This year will mark the forth year of distance track at RMC. From it's inception, Coach King has been able to develop athletes to new heights which include 16 NAIA individual cross country qualifiers, two NAIA national qualifying relay teams in track, and eight NAIA track qualifiers.
In 2011, both men's and women's cross country teams were rated in the top 25 of the NAIA. At the season's end, the men's and women's teams placed third in the Frontier Conference meet. The men's highest ranking was 25th with the women reaching 22nd in the country. The Battlin' Bears also sent five individual NAIA national qualifiers in cross country and three individuals and a relay to to the NAIA national meet. In the fall of 2012, the women's cross country team cracked the top 15 in the polls and finished the regular season rated 16th in the country. Unfortunately, the team missed competing at the National meet by one (the #15 ranked team competed at the national meet).
Coach King graduated from Billings West High in 1999, and then ran in college at Dakota Wesleyan University, where he earned his bachelor's of arts in history education. During King's college career he competed in several races ranging from the 800 meters to the marathon. Between cross country and track, King qualified for the NAIA national championships seven times and set several school records. He also earned Academic All-American honors during his senior year in college. Coach King is USA Level II certified and is actively involved in the local running community. King serves as the Vice President of the Yellowstone Rim Runners and is a member of the Parks Board. He also has an active role as a board member for the Montana Marathon and the Run Turkey Run.
Today King still competes at a national level and is considered an elite marathoner for the U.S. in the 1/2 marathon and marathon. King has competed as an elite athlete in the Miami Marathon, Chicago Marathon, as well as the California International Marathon. His most notable performance was the 2007 California International Marathon, where he place 9th overall. This upcoming spring, Coach King will take on the Boston Marathon. He encourages all of his athletes to become lifelong runners as he trains with his athletes on a daily basis in their pursuits of improved performances.
King and his wife, Rebecca, have a four year old son, Hayden.
Student Assistant Coach
After exhausting his eligibility, Mireles will continue his involvement with the RMC cross country and track teams. As a transfer from Bakersfield Community College, Cesar helped a young team gain national exposure. During his time at RMC, Mireles has made seven NAIA national trips. He is a two-time national qualifier in cross country, three-time national qualifier for indoor track, and two-time national qualifier in outdoor track. Mireles has set 10 school records in track. Mireles personal records include a 4:08 indoor mile and a 24:57 8k in cross country.
Mireles will continue to train with the team as he assists Coach King. Cesar will graduate this spring with a bachelor's degree in physical education.