Culture is changing for unbeaten Cass

Gates has taken a non-traditional route to become a head coach. He graduated from McEachern and played college ball at the University of Georgia. After graduating, he entered the business world and crafted a successful career while raising a family. When his children got old enough to play, Gates got involved as a youth league coach – although he avoided coaching his children – and began to show his skills on the sideline. He took a Kennesaw Mountain youth program that had gone 1-6 in back-to-back seasons and went 3-7, 7-3, 9-1 and 12-0. The success caused a friend to encourage Gates to try to coach on the high school level.

So, he stepped away from the real world, took a 50 percent pay cut and became a high school assistant. He worked for five years at North Cobb and has been at Kell since 2016. Over the last few

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