John Bates, Football Defensive Coordinator

John Bates
John Bates
Title: Defensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Backs (2013-)
Phone: 503-554-2938
Position: Defensive Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator

John Bates finished his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Bruins in 2017, serving as the recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator for the football program.

Bates has an extensive background in coaching, most recently working as Casey’s defensive coordinator at Aloha from 2011-12. Prior to his stint at Aloha, he was the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb., from 2004-10. NWU was consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally in multiple defensive statistical categories during his tenure there, peaking at No. 2 in scoring defense in 2008 by allowing only 11.2 points per game. 

During 2002-03, he coached at Western Oregon University as the defensive line coach in the fall and in Europe as the defensive coordinator for the Chrysler Vienna Vikings in the spring.

A 2000 graduate of Whitworth University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, Bates remained at his alma mater to begin his coaching career as an assistant in 2000-01, primarily coaching linebackers. In 2001, Whitworth won the Northwest Conference crown and made the NCAA Division III playoffs, the Pirates’ first postseason appearance in 25 years. He completed a master of education degree in secondary education from Whitworth in 2006. 

Bates and his wife Dana, a health and human performance professor at Pacific who serves as the director of the athletic training education program, reside in Carlton, Ore. They have two children: Ryan, age 12, and Alexandra, age 8.