from school reports
The Meridian Star
A former University of Alabama standout is the most recent addition to first-year head football coach Ken Karcher’s staff at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Todd Bates will coach defensive linemen and serve as strength and conditioning coach, effective Aug. 1.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said he is confident Coach Bates will fit into the program of “whole-person development” being implemented by Coach Karcher and assistants Scott Brock and Mickey Mays.
“Coach Bates is committed to helping build a program that will model the ‘EC Way – Excellence with Class,” said Dr. Stewart.
Karcher said he is “very excited” about Bates joining his staff.*
“Todd’s background with the defensive line and strength and conditioning will be a great asset for our players,” said Coach Karcher. “Most importantly, Todd is a great man who desires to build young men. I am very excited to have Todd Bates become a member of my staff.”
Added Athletic Director Chris Harris: “I’m excited about what Coach Todd Bates adds to the table. He is a great guy who has a passion for student development and student success, both on the field and in the classroom. He will indeed, be an asset and a great addition to our new football coaching staff.”
Bates, a native of Heflin, Ala., is a 2005 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce/Business Administration and was a defensive lineman on the football team.
In 2001, Bates was the only true freshman to play for the Crimson Tide and later became a three-year starter capped off by his selection as permanent team captain after the 2004 season.
After graduating from Alabama, Bates was signed as an undrafted free agent by the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, but several injuries ended his professional football career.
Bates has seven years of experience coaching defensive linemen and four years of experience as a strength and conditioning coordinator. He most recently served as defensive line coach at Idaho State University, where his duties included serving as team chaplain, NFL Liaison and recruiter for the states of Alabama, Texas and Mississippi.
He is also a former head strength and conditioning coach and defensive line coach at both Talladega and Oxford high schools in Alabama.
In addition to his coaching experience, Bates is a noted writer and poet.
He penned “The Bama Way” which later turned into a book, “The Bama Way: Profiles of Champions,” which was released in October 2011.
The book highlights the life of one extraordinary player from each of the Crimson Tide’s National Championship Teams from 1926 to 2010. The five-stanza, 134-word poem was included on a banner hanging in the UA strength and conditioning area.
Bates is also the founder of Todd Bates Enterprises LLC and conducts the annual Todd Bates Football Skills Camp in his hometown since 2007.
In addition, he is a motivational speaker and has served as a certified personal trainer.
Bates is married to his college sweetheart, the former La’Tesa Owens of Birmingham, Ala. They have a two-year-old daughter, Angel Maylene Bates Angel Maylene Bates.