La Grange's Kates resigns after 13 seasons

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After 13 seasons leading the La Grange Leopards, head coach Matt Kates announced his resignation on Tuesday afternoon, leaving one of the more attractive jobs in Central Texas in 4A-Division II vacant.

Kates had an impressive 13 season stint at La Grange posting an 86-61 overall record and leading the Leopards to the playoffs in nine of those seasons. His two best seasons where back-to-back 13-1 campaigns in 2013-2014, those teams featured RB J.K. Dobbins, who played at Ohio State and is now in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.

“It’s been an unbelievable run at La Grange, this community has been great to my family, I just felt like it was time for a change for me and for La Grange, thirteen years is a heck of a run and we are proud of what we accomplished,” Kates said.

Kates, came to La Grange from Fort Worth Arlington Heights, where he was an assistant on older brother Ged Kates’ staff. In 2022 there were three Kates brothers as head coaches in Texas with Ged at Richland, Will at Merkel and Matt at La Grange.


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