Head Cross Country & Distance Track Coach
B.A. Dakota Wesleyan University
M.A. Fresno Pacific University
Coach Alan King is beginning his eighth year at the helm of Rocky Mountain College's cross country programs. This year will mark the fourth year of distance track at RMC. From it's inception, Coach King has been able to develop athletes to new heights, which include 18 individual national qualifiers in cross country, two national qualifying relay teams in track, 37 national track qualifiers, 12 top-10 national track finishers, and seven All-Americans. In 2013, the men's cross country team qualified for their first championships, where they finished 25th in the NAIA.
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. Coach King is USA Level II certified in distance and is actively involved in the local running community. He is also a member of the Parks Board and has an active role as a board member for the Montana Marathon and the Run Turkey Run.
Today King still competes in races around the country. Coach King has competed as an elite athlete in the Miami Marathon, Chicago Marathon, California International Marathon, and the 2009 USA 1/2 Marathon Championships. His most notable performance was the 2007 California International Marathon, where he placed 9th overall. In 2013, Coach King competed in the Boston Marathon, where he placed 100th overall. 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 six year old son, Hayden.