Clayton Bates

Clayton Bates

Teams coached: Western Michigan Broncos
Western Michigan record: 13-39 (.250)
Overall record: 13-39 (.250)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2020-2022 Western Michigan
2018-2020 Western Michigan (assoc. HC)
2012-2018 Western Michigan (asst)
2010-2012 Wright State (asst)
2009-2010 Western Michigan (asst)
2000-2008 Western Michigan (asst)
1997-1998 Illinois (admin asst)

Clayton Bates Facts

  • Clayton Bates
  • Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
  • Alma Mater: University of Florida (BA, 1995) / University of Illinois (MA, 1997)
  • The Gainesville-native walked on at Florida where he played for Lon Kruger; part of the Gators’ 1994 Final Four run
  • First coaching role was as an administrative assistant at Illinois, where Kruger was then coaching
  • Arrived at Western Michigan in 2000, working as an assistant coach under Robert McCullum for three years
    • Stayed on under the next head coach, Steve Hawkins, for an additional nine seasons
  • Left WMU for two seasons, assisting Billy Donlon at Wright State from 2010-12
  • Returned to Kalamazoo and spent an additional eight seasons on Hawkins‘ staff, the last two as associate head coach
    • In 15 total seasons as an assistant at WMU, was part of six MAC titles and two NCAA Tournament bids
  • Promoted to head coach in March 2020 following Hawkins’ dismissal earlier in the month
  • Along with his wife, Annemarie, has two daughters

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