Joined the Clemson staff as defensive line coach in January 2017.
For 2017, became the first Clemson coach to mentor all four defensive line positions since Ron West in 2004, and just the second to do it since 1998.
Coached one of the nation’s best defensive lines in 2017 and 2018, including Austin Bryant, Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins. All four earned either All-America or first-team All-ACC honors under Bates’ guidance.
Helped Wilkins collect Outland, Nagurski, Bednarik and Lott IMPACT finalist selections in 2018 in addition to winning the William V. Campbell Trophy. Also guided Wilkins as he became the fifth unanimous All-American in Clemson history.
Placed both of his starters at defensive tackle (Wilkins and Lawrence) on the first-team All-ACC list in 2018 after the duo helped Clemson lead the nation in sacks (54) and scoring defense (13.1 points per game) and tie for the national lead in tackles for loss (136).
• A big reason the 2017 Tigers were second in the nation in scoring defense (13.6) and fourth in total defense (276.7).
Helped Jacksonville State to a 33-6 record in three seasons (2014-16). The Gamecocks reached the FCS National Championship Game in 2015 and compiled a perfect 23-0 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference with three titles in his time there.
Helped the 2016 Jacksonville State team to a 10-2 record and No. 6 final FCS ranking. That team was fourth in the nation in total defense, allowing just 275 yards per game.
In 2014, Jacksonville State allowed a league-best 128 yards per game on the ground.
Began his coaching career at Talladega High School in Alabama in 2007, then spent 2008-11 at Oxford High School in Alabama.
Spent time as an assistant coach at Idaho State in 2011 and 2012, then at East Central Junior College in Mississippi in 2013.
Earned three letters at Alabama as a defensive end from 2001-04. He was a permanent co-captain in 2004.
Alabama went to two bowl games in his career, as a freshman when it beat Iowa State in the Independence Bowl and Music City Bowl his senior year.
Alabama was 10-3 and No. 11 in the final AP poll in 2002, Bates’ sophomore season.
Played defensive end for the Tennessee Titans in 2005 and 2006.