Wayne Yates

Wayne Yates (born November 7, 1937)

Current position: Memphis State Tigers, Northwestern State Demons
Memphis State record: 93-49 (.655)
Northwestern State record: 48-92 (.343)
Overall record: 141-141 (.500)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1976)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1975, 1977)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1980-1985 Northwestern State
1974-1979 Memphis State
1969-1974 Memphis State (asst)

Wayne Yates Facts

  • Wayne Yates
  • Born November 7, 1937
  • Hometown: North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Alma Mater: Memphis State University (BA, 1961)
  • Played two years at New Mexico State for coach Presley Askew, earning All-Border Conference honors in 1958
  • Finished his career and degree at Memphis State, playing for head coach Bob Vanatta
  • Drafted 5th overall in the 1961 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers
    • Played one injury-shortened season with the Lakers (for head coach Fred Schaus) and then was traded to the Saint Louis Hawks
    • Instead signed with the Oakland Oaks of the ABA, playing for part of one season until the league folded in 1962
  • Started his coaching career at alma mater Memphis State in 1969, joining the staff of Moe Iba
    • Iba was fired in 1970 and Yates spent the next four seasons assisting new head coach Gene Bartow
  • Yates was named the Tigers’ head coach in 1974, leading the program for the next five seasons
    • Went 93-49 overall, reaching one NCAA Tournament and two NITs in his first three years
    • Resigned in 1979 amid alleged NCAA violations and a sub-.500 season on the court
  • After a year off, Yates was hired to be the head coach at Northwestern State in Louisiana
    • Was just 48-92 during his five-year tenure at the helm, finishing above .500 just once
    • Resigned in 1985 after going just 3-25 (2-8) during the 1984-85 season

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