Lee County High release
Burton Cates, the football coach at Eastern Randolph for the
past 25 years, has been named head football coach at Lee County High
Cates, who has a 236-81 overall record, guided Eastern Randolph to the 2006
state 3AA championship.
In 25 years as head coach, Cates' Eastern Randolph
teams won 9 conference championships and finished second 12 times.
"We are extremely excited about Coach Cates coming to Lee County High
School," said LCHS principal Greg Batten. "His teams have shown remarkable
consistency and competitiveness over a long period of time. He truly is one
of the best in the business. This school and community are fortunate to
have him as our next football coach."
Cates, who was named the 2006 Harvey Reid Male Coach of the Year by the
NCHSAA, has guided his teams to 19 playoff appearance, compiling a 34-18
postseason record. He also has earned conference coach of the year honors
"I am really excited for our fans, our school, our players, and our
athletic staff," said athletic director Steve Womack. "I know Coach Cates
will build a program of high expectations for our players both on the field
and in the classroom and demand accountability and responsibility that will
help make those he teaches and coaches better people for having been
associated with him."
A graduate of Graham High School and Mars Hill College, Cates is married to
Janet. They have a son, Foster.