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Chris Bates

Chris recently stepped down after serving seven years as the head coach of Princeton men’s lacrosse program.

Bates led Princeton to three Ivy league championships, two NCAA tournaments and four Ivy League tournament finals, including one championship, in his first six years.
Faced with the often-difficult task of replacing a Hall of Fame coach, Bates has coached 16 first-team All-Ivy and 19 All-America selections in his first six years. He has also coached the Ivy League Player of the Year twice and the Rookie of the Year three times.
His career record in 15 years as a head coach is 121-107, including 51-36 at Princeton.
Known for his unique offensive style, Bates led Princeton to at least 12 goals per game each of the last three seasons, marking the first time since the NCAA championship teams of 1996, 1997 and 1998 that Princeton reached at least 12 goals in three consecutive seasons.
His most recent team shared the Ivy League championship, the 27th in program history.
The 2013 Tigers had one of the highest scoring offenses in Division I and in program history, had two wins over top 10 teams and advanced to the Ivy League tournament final.
The 2012 Tigers outscored their six Ivy opponents 81-35 while putting together the first 6-0 Ivy record for the team since 2001. Princeton reached double figures in all six Ivy games, marking the sixth time in program history that the team has done so in every Ivy game.
Bates took Princeton to a share of the Ivy League title, the championship of the first-ever Ivy league tournament and a spot in the NCAA tournament in 2010, his first with the Tigers.
Before coming to Princeton, Bates spent 10 years as the head coach at Drexel, where he went 70-71, with 14 wins his first three years, 25 his next four and 31 his last three.
Drexel won two Colonial Athletic Association championships in his last three years, and Bates led his team to the program’s first-ever win over a No. 1-ranked team when the Dragons knocked off Virginia in 2007.
Bates is a 1990 graduate of Dartmouth, where he played attack and midfield and earned All-Ivy League honors. He was 1-3 as a player against Princeton, including an 11-4 loss in 1990 in the third-to-last game of his college career. Princeton would go on in 1990 to make the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance; Princeton has played in 18 of the last 20 NCAA tournaments and won six championships.

Bates played in the North-South all-star game after his senior year and graduated with a degree in psychology before earning a master’s in education from North Carolina. He played for eight seasons in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (now the National Lacrosse League) and won three championships with the Philadelphia Wings while earning all-pro honors in his one season with the Charlotte Cobras.

His coaching career began in 1992, when he started the program at Archbishop Ryan in Philadelphia. He became an assistant coach at Drexel in 1995 and took over as head coach in 2000.

Bates is a native of Katonah, N.Y., and a member of the Hudson Valley Lacrosse Hall of Fame.