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 Mike Bates 

Mike Bates graduated from Curry High School and got his degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Bates landed his first head coaching job at Marion County in 1981. In six seasons his teams went 43-24 making the playoffs four times. He coached one year at Lawrence County in 1987 before moving on to his alma mater, Curry, the next year.

The Yellow Jackets had the states longest losing streak and had never been to the playoffs when he took the head coaching job in 1989. In four seasons at Curry his squads finished 27-17 winning two area titles and made the playoffs twice.

Following the 1992 season, Coach Bates stepped down at Curry to accept the head football coaching job at Cullman High School. In his eight seasons at Cullman, the Bearcats posted a record of 46-37. His last team finished 10-2 and won the region title.

Coach Bates was named the head football coach at St. Pauls in 2007. The 51 year old Bates, who had served as the defensive coordinator at St. Pauls the previous two seasons, took over for Eddie Guth, who had left after 10 years as the Saints head coach.

In 2007, he led a St. Pauls squad featuring Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron to a 14-1 record and Class 5A State Championship. Bates stayed with the Saints for only two seasons. In 2013, after a five year layoff from coaching, he returned to take the reins at Holly Pond in his seventh stop as a head coach.

His overall record stands at 171-152 over 30 seasons as a head football coach.

Coach Bates was named the 5A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2007.


Known Record:  173-160-0   52.0%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Holly Pond
Holly Pond2019 3A2-8210346R52-4134205
Holly Pond2018 3A6-52562050-11429R53-3132123
Holly Pond2017 3A7-42922430-1035R63-3158172
Holly Pond2016 3A6-53783300-12655R63-3191193
Holly Pond2015 3A1-9213417R50-6140280
Holly Pond2014 3A0-10162369R50-6108228
Holly Pond2013 3A0-10109406R60-761276
 7 Years22-51162023160-34011911-329241477
    
St. Pauls
St. Pauls2008 5A3-7142267R13-4108156
St. Pauls2007 5A14-15311765-018567R16-120869
 2 Years17-86734435-0185679-5316225
    
Bob Jones
Bob Jones2003 6A5-5280246R81-4112150
Bob Jones2002 6A5-5206209R81-467127
Bob Jones2001 6A2-8182219R81-6127168
 3 Years12-186686740-0003-14306445
    
Cullman
Cullman2000 5A10-22681431-12010R7#6-1156120
Cullman1999 5A8-2328138R121-23063
Cullman1998 5A8-32872190-1748R122-16354
Cullman1997 5A5-5170189R151-25499
Cullman1996 5A4-685134R151-22134
Cullman1995 5A6-4189238R150-21655
Cullman1994 5A3-784185R150-21469
Cullman1993 5A2-8114231R130-21328
 8 Years46-37152514771-2275811-14367522
    
Curry
Curry1992 4A6-4211158R110-32775
Curry1991 4A7-51612111-12651R13#2-12129
Curry1990 4A9-32011311-13336R13#3-05418
Curry1989 4A6-4130114R90-22037
 4 Years28-167036142-259875-6122159
    
Lawrence County
Lawrence County1987 4A5-61862100-1749R151-12721
 1 Year5-61862100-17491-12721
    
Marion County
Marion County1986 2A7-42311520-11031R14#3-09444
Marion County1985 2A10-2296671-14926R93-06914
Marion County1984 2A7-52742621-13463R92-18962
Marion County1983 1A9-2279144R145-116494
Marion County1982 1A7-42141180-1721R14#5-112539
Marion County1981 1A3-7108146R142-478107
 6 Years43-2414028892-410014120-7619360
    
TOTALS
 31 Years173-1606777662310-1241852160-7926813209


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