MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH
|Phillip Bates has been named head varsity lacrosse coach at Mount Saint Joseph, after serving three years previously as head junior varsity and varsity assistant coach. As junior varsity head coach in 2018, Bates increased the Gaels’ win percentage, while focusing on strengthening the players’ lacrosse IQs and building their chemistry on and off the field. As a varsity assistant coach in 2016, he worked on developing the team’s face off units, which earned a 63% win ratio for the season.|
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Mount Saint Joseph in 2015, Bates held the varsity head lacrosse coaching position at Dallastown Area High School in Dallastown, PA, for two years, during which he logged a career record of 29-8. In his first year as head coach, he led his team to win the 2014 YAIAA Championship. Bates coached 10 All-American players and two Academic All-Americans while at Dallastown, and has so far coached one All-American and one Team USA U19 player at Mount Saint Joseph. With over 15 seasons of combined high school and club lacrosse coaching experience, Bates has come to understand the most effective coaching style is one that teaches players leadership skills rather than simply expecting them to be leaders. Over the past few years, he has been working to instill what he considers to be core leadership values, such as humility and respect, in his players at the junior varsity level.
Bates believes in the importance of community service and strong relationships between team members, which are values central to Mount Saint Joseph’s mission. He has led players in service for organizations such as Maryland Special Olympics, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Shoot Out for Soldiers. He hopes to continue to build a “family-type culture” in the program by creating opportunities, such as service projects and team dinners, for the players to gather off the field, grow their relationships, and create lasting memories together.