Bates Joins ECCC Football Staff

A former University of Alabama standout is the most recent addition to
first-year head football coach Ken Karcher¹s staff at East Central Community
College in Decatur.
Todd Bates will coach defensive linemen and serve as strength and
conditioning coach, effective Aug. 1, 2013.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said he is confident Coach Bates will fit
into the program of ³whole-person development² being implemented by Coach
Karcher and assistants Scott Brock and Mickey Mays.
³Coach Bates is committed to helping build a program that will model the ŒEC
Way ­ Excellence with Class,² said Dr. Stewart.
Karcher said he is ³very excited² about Bates joining his staff.
³Todd¹s background with the defensive line and strength and conditioning
will be a great asset for our players,² said Coach Karcher. ³Most
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.²
Added Athletic Director Chris Harris: ³I¹m 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.²
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 NFL¹s 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 ³The Bama Way² which later turned into a book, ³The Bama Way:
Profiles of Champions,² which was released in October 2011. The book
highlights the life of one extraordinary player from each of the Crimson
Tide¹s 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 La¹Tesa Owens of
Birmingham, Ala. They have a two-year-old daughter, Angel Maylene Bates.
 

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