Interview with a top US HS T&F Team; St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, AL


Interview,  Jim Tate, Head Coach, St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, Alabama

MileSplit national will be periodically publishing standard written interviews with the head coaches of many of the top U.S. high school track and field teams.  This interview is with Jim Tate, head coach of St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, Alabama.

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School, location (city, state) – St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, AL

Team (boys, girls, both) – both

Head Coach – Jim Tate

Assistant Coaches –  Aaron Moore, John Brigham, Lisa Drew, Jeff Weitzman, David Busters, Lydia Johnson, Gabe Rodriguez

Strongest Events –  distance, field events, hurdles

Top (national level) athletes; name, grade, events/PR’s –
Lacey Dent, Sr; LJ - 19’2”; TJ - 39’1.75”, 100m Hurdles - 14.22, 300m Hurdles - 44.97, Heptathlon - 4,437
Chanel Krause, Jr; PV – 12’7”
Shelley Spires, So; HJ – 5’8”
Dan Drew, Sr; 800m - 1:55.71, Mile Run - 4:19.78

Top (national level) relay teams; events, PR’s –
Girls 4x400m Relay - 3:59.96
Girls 4x800m Relay - 9:52.95

Key(s) to the success of your team – 
1.  strong tradition of success (21 girls and 14 boys team state T&F Championships)
2.  excellent coaching staff
3.  strong school, community and parental support of our program

Your favorite meet(s) –  Sugar Bowl Classic, Mobile Challenge of Champions, Mountain Brook Invitational, Battle of Old Shell Road, State Track & Field Championships

Teams you most enjoy competing against –  locally -  UMS-Wright and McGill-Toolen, state-wide -  top 5A and 6A teams in Alabama; and regionally -  top programs from bordering states

Team goals for the season –   We always want to be seeking our divisional state team championships.  Beyond that, to try and realize our individual and collective potential, and be a team that is close and supportive of one another.