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This is a podcast with one of my favorite NCAA Lacrosse Coaches. Chris Bates, whose calmness and strength while dealing with personal and professional adversity has inspired every member of the Princeton men’s lacrosse program.

He is in his third season as the head coach for the Tigers and his second podcast with us.

Bates led Princeton to the outright Ivy League championship and into the NCAA tournament in 2012. In his first three seasons, he has now won two Ivy titles and made two NCAA tournament appearances. The 2012 Tigers outscored their six Ivy opponents 81-35 while putting together the first 6-0 Ivy record for the team since 2001. Princeton reached double figures in all six Ivy games, marking the sixth time in program history that the team has done so in every Ivy game.

His career record in 13 years as a head coach is 96-88, including 26-17 at Princeton. Minus the 2011 season, he is 22-9 with the Tigers. Before coming to Princeton, Bates spent 10 years as the head coach at Drexel, where he went 70-71, with 14 wins his first three years, 25 his next four and 31 his last three.

Bates is a 1990 graduate of Dartmouth, where he played attack and midfield and earned All-Ivy League honors. He was 1-3 as a player against Princeton, including an 11-4 loss in 1990 in the third-to-last game of his college career. Princeton would go on in 1990 to make the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance; Princeton has played in 18 of the last 20 NCAA tournaments and won six championships.

Bates played in the North-South all-star game after his senior year and graduated with a degree in psychology before earning a master’s in education from North Carolina. He played for eight seasons in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (now the National Lacrosse League) and won three championships with the Philadelphia Wings while earning all-pro honors in his one season with the Charlotte Cobras.

His coaching career began in 1992, when he started the program at Archbishop Ryan in Philadelphia. He became an assistant coach at Drexel in 1995 and took over as head coach in 2000. Bates is a native of Katonah, N.Y., and a member of the Hudson Valley Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He has a 10-year-old son Nicholas. His wife, Dr. Ann Baldwin Bates, passed away on Nov. 30, 2011, after three bouts with cancer.

Towards the end of the podcast we discussed their recent Play/Mission Trip to Costa Rica, and I encourage all of you to take a look at some of the film on their site. For information on his ‘Teaching’ Day Camps on campus visit here, http://www.princetonsportscamps.com/camps/boyslacrosse.htm.

In this great interview we cover practice plans and he has modified the schedule in past two years, the critical importance of culture, how important it is to continue to change as a coach, getting not only the sticks and feet, but the voices going early in practice, and skeleton drills with Build Up from 1V0… Coach offers additional insight on simplifying Man Up, the ’55 Rabbit’ Drill, the ‘33’ Drill, and one I really loved, a 3V2 on the half field but with some unique twists even I had not heard before… We feature this in the Preview below, (Free to all members) as well as in our article section.

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