Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Inductees: Sam Coates

Sam Coates

Waco High School


Inducted in 1989

Coates was one of the great players of Waco High’s sensational teams of the early 1920s, starring at halfback, fullback, tackle and end. As a junior in 1921, Coates helped spark the Paul Tyson-coached Tigers to an 8-0 record and a state championship, as the team outscored its opponents, 526-0. Waco High followed that up with another championship in 1922, with Coates leading the way. After high school, he moved on to Baylor, where he was named All-Southwest Conference three times at two different positions, tackle and end. He was the SWC’s Most Valuable Player in 1924, lifting the Bears to the conference championship. Coates, a popular restaurant owner in Waco for several decades, died on June 18, 1991, at age 87.