Remember D’Wayne Bates? Let us jog your memory: He was a star collegiate wideout on Northwestern’s 1995 Big Ten champion squad before spending three seasons with the Bears and a pair with the Vikings. He was a solid player.
Apparently he’s now a solid athletics administrator.
As first reported by Chicago Tribune Bears beat writer Brad Biggs, D’Wayne Bates has been hired as the new athletic director for Glenbard East High School, an appointment that comes not because of his professional career, but because he’s been viewed as a great success as the athletic director at La Salle-Peru High School.
“The school and the district offer some opportunities that I feel give me a chance to really advance my way in educational leadership,” Bates told the NewsTribune about his district shift. “It’s a very good district athletically and academically, and the size of the school and the size of the athletic program made it an opportunity I wanted to pursue.”
In line with the reputation that has earned him the kind of respect that brought on the new role, Bates was nothing but classy when discussing his decision and what he will take away from the prior three years.
“I truly love the people and the relationships that I’ve been able to build at L-P, starting with my students, who are the most important,” Bates told the NewsTribune. “There’s also the coaches who have really bought in to the philosophy of ‘Students first, winning will happen’. The parents and guardians at L-P are probably the most passionate that I’ve ever been around, especially with supporting athletics. There are also very strong administration and good media. All those things really made it a difficult choice to accept another position.
“There are no reasons to be sad (for leaving) because what I’ve been able to accomplish is a direct result of all the great supporters that I’ve had.”