Coaches

All club coaches are volunteers. They are individuals who take their personal time to instruct and coach your child. Without their efforts this program would not be possible. 

Matthew
Chestnut

Coach Matthew is head coach and co-founder of Alpha Crush Running Club, a USA Track & Field (USATF) certified official, a USATF Level 1 Coach (2008-2016) and a member of and volunteer with the Atlanta Track Club.  Coach Matthew has been involved with youth running since 2007, originally with the SPIRIT Alpharetta (Georgia) YMCA and now with Alpha Crush, working with over 600 youth athletes during his coaching career.  Coach Matthew has been an avid road and trail runner for 30+ years, with marathon and 50K trail runs his favorite events.

Coach Matthew has lived in Roswell since 1999.


Gary Fravel

Coach Gary, co-founder of Alpha Crush Running Club, has been involved with the youth track and cross country since 2008, initially with the SPIRIT Alpharetta YMCA club and now with Alpha Crush.  Both of Gary's sons, Hayden and John now run for Milton High School. Gary has been a runner since middle school and played college baseball. 

Gary has lived in Roswell since 1996.

 
 
 

Dianne Cole

Dianne has been running for over 20 years and has been involved with Alpha Crush since 2011. She enjoys working with the kids and sharing her love of running with them!  Dianne and her husband Dan (also an avid runner) have four children; Timmy and Clare run on the team.  Oldest son Josh and daughter Erin both run for Blessed Trinity High School.






Dan Cole
Dan has been running competitively since he was nine years old; he ran cross country and track in high school in Illinois and competed as an NCAA Division 1 athlete in both cross country and track at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is still an avid runner and regularly competes in road races and triathlons. He has been involved with Alpha Crush since moving to Georgia with his family in 2009.   His son Josh and daughter Erin run cross country and track at Blessed Trinity and his son Timmy and daughter Clare run for Alpha Crush. 



Jon Rager
Jon and sons Sean and Jack have been involved with youth track since 2009, initially with the SPIRIT YMCA team and now with Alpha Crush. Sean and younger sister Katelyn are both currently on the Alpha Crush team, and Jack now runs track and cross-country for Alpharetta High School. Jon enjoyed running track and cross-country for his high school team in Pennsylvania. He and his wife Kathy have 6 kids, and they have lived in Alpharetta since 2007.



Brad Heppner
Brad has been involved with Alpha Crush since 2012. He and his wife, Amy, have two
daughters on the team that competed in the USATF National Junior Olympics in their
first season with the club. In addition to coaching, he also participates in several 5K,
10K, and half-marathon events each year, and enjoys guiding the development of youth runners.








USATF Requirements

Each coach/volunteer must submit the following to be covered by the USATF liability insurance policy during club practices.

Note: For 2016, the process has changed.  Completion of SafeSport training (http://www.usatf.org/About/SafeSport.aspx) is required by all coaches, volunteers and administrators.

Step 1 of 4 - A USATF membership application
  • Under "Membership Category" you should select "Parent" (volunteer) or "Coach", depending on your role with the team.
  • As of 2016...Do not association your membership with Alpha Crush Running Club at this time.  If you do so, and the SafeSport and background check are not complete, you will invalidate the club's status, making the club ineligible for insurance.
  • Your USATF membership number will be emailed to you upon completion of the membership application.  This number is needed for the forms below.
Step 2 of 4 - Background Check: All coaches and volunteers who come in contact with youth athletes during registered club practices or other club-related track and field activities must submit a background check.
  • Background checks are required every 2 years.
  • Information about the USATF Coaches Registry can be found here. The USATF Coaches Registry Approved Coaches list can be found here.
Step 3 of 4 - Complete SafeSport training
Step 4 of 4 - Change club affiliation