Brent Coates comes to ORU for the 2013 season after a serving as the head men's soccer coach at Oklahoma Baptist University for the previous six seasons.
In the fall of 2013, Coates lead the OBU Men's Soccer team to a Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament title while advancing to the Sweet 16. He has served as the SAC Men's Soccer Conference Chair and served on the NAIA National Top 25 Ranking Committee for the previous three seasons.
Coates was the Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the year in 2010 after leading the Bison to a 17-4 record, winning OBU's first SAC regular season title, their first post-season tournament title, a sweet 16 birth at the NAIA National Tournament and a No. 14 National Ranking.
In 2008 the Bison were ranked as high as No. 17 nationally and finished the year with an undefeated record in the SAC carrying a 12-2-4 final record. Coates was at OBU for nine years, helping to start the program in 2004 as an assistant coach with teams in 2004 and 2005 that finished ranked No. 23 and No. 11 nationally. Coach Coates has coached numerous All-American's at OBU who have gone on to play professional soccer in the MLS, USL, and various leagues around the world.
Coates was also the assistant women's coach from ‘04-‘06, and the head women's coach from 2007-10.
He has been on the Oklahoma State Olympic Development program staff for the past eight years coaching numerous age groups on both the girls and boys sides. Coates is a self-proclaimed Air Force brat having grown up and played soccer in England and graduating from high school there. He played soccer at the University of Tulsa and has an undergraduate degree in business administration (1998). He went on to get his master's degree in education (2001) from Bethel College (now Bethel University) in McKenzie, Tenn., and served as a graduate assistant soccer coach for both men's and women's programs. He also served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Christian University (2002-03) that saw the Lady Eagles program reach the NAIA National Tournament. He has a five year-old daughter named Kayleigh.