Roy S Bates began his coaching career in 1938 after graduated from Chester High School and Wooster College. He retired from coaching in 1966. During the basketball season, you will occasionally find him with the striped shirt, black pants, and the whistle of an official.
His coaching career spanned 13 years at Chester High School with an impressive 284-61 record and continued at Northwestern High School in Wayne County for 9 years during which time he claimed a state title in 1965.
During his 28 years in coaching, Bates set records which will probably never be equaled. He is the only coach in the State of Ohio to ever win over 400 games in EACH of two major sports. In baseball, over 22 years, he compiled a record of 472 wins with only 54 losses for a winning percentage of 89.7. He won six league championships and one state championship (in 1959).
In basketball, his record is equally impressive. Over 28 years, his teams won 441 games while losing 84, for an 84 percent winning percentage. In this time, he won ten league championships, seven sectional titles, three district championship, one regional title and one state championship (in 1955).
Bates is the only coach in the state to ever win state championships in TWO major sports He had had teams in the “Sweet Sixteen” (into the Regional Tournament) 13 times in his career. He was named High School Coach of the Year in 1953 and 1965, and was named a member of the Ohio University Green and White Blub in 1965.
Along with his duties as Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director, and Official, Bates has also had a Sports Show on Radio Station WWST for the last 21 years and has done some public relations for the Cleveland Indians for five years. His education career has been at Chester and Northwestern High Schools.
Following his retirement from scholastic coaching, Roy joined coach Bob Knight as an assistant coach at Indiana University for four years. Currently, Roy lives in Wooster, Ohio where he is featured on a sports radio program each week.