“I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited,” she said. “I honestly think with our new staff and with the change of culture we hope to bring that we can turn this team around and help them reach their potential.”
Bates prepped at Murray High as a catcher and third baseman where she helped her team to a 5A state runner-up finish as a sophomore. Her team finished third a year later in the 4A classification.
She began coaching while she was a player in high school and has coached rec teams, given private lessons and most recently led the Salt Lake Pegasus 14U team to the 15U championship this past fall.
“I got into coaching because I love the game and I want to share that love with others,” Bates said. “The game of softball has given me so much. It has provided me with so many experiences and opportunities that are priceless. I have a lot of knowledge from my experience as a player and I love that I have the opportunity to give back.”
Bates has formed her coaching philosophy around those experiences and teaches her players that “there will always be another pitch, so make the most of every pitch you are given. Take the game – and life – one pitch at a time.”
“I want my players to recognize that the game of softball is a game of failure where a great hitter fails seven times out of 10, but that they should always be striving for improvement – constant never-ending improvement – and to appreciate the moments, not just the outcome,” Bates said.
Bates said the Viewmont program is full of different levels and abilities, but she has already seen improvement in her players.
“I want to push them to reach their potential and teach them how to push themselves further than they think they can go,” Bates said. “I am excited for what they can do and who they will become as players and as a team. I’m looking forward to this season as a new head coach and the girls and I are excited for the season we have ahead of us.”