Assistant Coach Nate Bates
Nate Bates returns to the Messiah men’s lacrosse coaching staff as the program’s recruiting coordinator for the 2010 season, two years removed from serving as an assistant coach for the Falcons.
Bates was an offensive and recruiting coach during the 2008 season, helping Messiah to an 11-6 record overall and a perfect 7-0 mark in MAC Conference play.
Prior to arriving at Messiah, Bates served as the head boy's lacrosse coach assistant athletic director at Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, working for the private school from 2005 to 2008.
Bates grew up in Cincinnatus, New York and attended Skaneateles High School where he played lacrosse and football for the Lakers before graduating in 1995. Bates then attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where he played football and was a founder, player and coach for Taylor's club lacrosse program. During his career at Taylor, Bates earned USILA All-American honors at attack and is currently ranked as the school’s second all-time leading scorer and career assists leader.
The Eagles quickly became a powerhouse under Bates, as the program was ranked as high as fourth in the state after finishing 11-6 in 2007 — placing seven athletes to 2007 Indiana All-State honors and one All-American.
Bates was able to put together a strong program in a short amount of time, boasting a 23-11 career record in just two seasons. He was awarded coach of the year honors in 2007 by the Indiana High School Lacrosse Association. In addition, Bates has served as the vice president of the Indiana Youth Lacrosse Association from 2006 to 2008 and a huddle leader with FCA Lacrosse and Football for 10 years.
Bates was recently married to 2009 Messiah grad — and standout women’s lacrosse player — Brianne Brennan. The couple reside in Cincinnatus.