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BBatesBobby Bates

Selected the most outstanding male athlete for his success in football, basketball and track at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside Arizona, Bobby was recruited by former Baker coach, the late Joe Girardi, to play for the Wildcats.  Following his initial season as a wide receiver in football he was selected the teams’ outstanding freshman player.  He lettered all four years, was named team captain 1981-1982, was 3rd team all-conference in ’81-’82 and first team all-conference in both 1979-80 and 1980-81.  Following the ’80-’81 season he was named a Small College All American. He established team marks in several categories and helped the Wildcats to a four year record of 32-9-1 including a post-season Boot Hill Bowl appearance and the Wildcats’ first game in the NAIA playoffs.  Personally, Bobby set team records in receiving with 16 touchdowns in a single season and 26 in his career.  He led the team for three years in receiving while playing with three different starting quarterbacks.  He currently is 2nd in yards receiving in a career with 1,945.  He greatly assisted the late Coach Charlie Richards’ 1980 Wildcats to lofty national stats as the team scored 70 total touchdowns, had 782 yards gained against Central Methodist and averaged 51.2 points per game.  He graduated in 1982 with a BS in Health/Physical Education and teaching certificates in both areas.

After Baker he went on to teach and coach at several junior and senior high schools all in the state of Texas.  His first stop included coaching 7th and 8th grade boy’s basketball at Graham Junior High with an overall record of 103-28 where he also coached football and track. For the next seven years he coached a host of sports and served as the Athletic Director at Newcastle Independent School District.  Several of his teams there achieved District and Bi-district honors as runners-up or champion.  In 1995 he moved on for five years to Valley View High School where he took over the women’s varsity basketball program before in 2000 moving to Denton High School where he continued coaching women’s varsity basketball.  He currently serves at Ponder High School coaching women’s varsity basketball and cross country.  At Ponder, Bobby was named the District Coach of the year in 2008-2009.  His overall high school basketball coaching record now stands at 566-284.  He is a member of numerous athletic associations, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has been a leader in numerous coaching associations.  He was honored for his work as a teacher with inclusion in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers.  During the summer months he has been a long-time Director/Master teacher in Don Eddy’s Basketball Camps.  He is married to Karen and together they have a daughter Sheena and son, Josh.


Nomination Procedures

Anyone is eligible to write an open letter of nomination regarding an individual they believe to be worthy of induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame. The nominations must be received by December 31 to be considered for induction during the next calendar year. Once an individual is nominated, he or she remain in an active file for review by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The selection committee sends recommendations in the spring to the President of the University for final approval for fall induction.

Nominating Categories

- Former Baker University athletes

- Current and former coaches or athletic administrators

- Meritorious service to the Baker University athletic programs

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