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. 

Coach Matthew is head coach and co-founder of Alpha Crush Running Club, a USA Track & Field (USATF) certified official (since 2010), a USATF Level 1 Coach (since 2008), as VDOT2 certified coach, and member of the USATF Georgia board of directors (since 2017).  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, ran with Alpha Crush and Milton High School, and are now both in college. 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 ran for Blessed Trinity High School and are now in college.

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 ran cross country and track at Blessed Trinity and his son Timmy and daughter Clare run for Alpha Crush. 

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.

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

SafeSport Compliant Adults (view the list)
This list represents current USATF members who have successfully completed all SafeSport Compliance requirements having:
  1. a current USATF membership;
  2. successfully passed an extensive USATF background screen pertinent to their role within USATF;
  3. successfully completed the SafeSport Trained Core training.
USATF Volunteer and Administrator
  • You can associate your membership with Alpha Crush Running Club, USATF Club # 45-0690.
  • 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.
  • See: Background Check
  • Background checks are required every 2 years.
  • The correct selection is "Volunteers - Background Screening"
Step 3 of 4 - Complete SafeSport training
Step 4 of 4 - Change club affiliation
To become registered a coach, you must complete all of the above, plus meet the Coaching Education Standard.
  1. Be a current USATF member.
  2. Pass the USATF background screen.
  3. Successfully complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport Training course.
  4. Accept and adhere to the SafeSport Handbook.
  5. List current coaching affiliation in the application process.
  6. Fulfill Coaching Education Standard (effective Jan 2019) and submit verification application.
  7. See list of Georgia Association USATF Registered Coaches who have met the standards