Ex-Patriot, Raven Coates Takes Helm Of Livingstone’s Football Program

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: December 28, 2004

Ben Coates
Ben Coates

SALISBURY, N.C. – Livingstone College officials have named alum Ben Coates its’s new Head Football Coach. A 2002 inductee into the Blue Bears Athletic Hall of Fame, Coates will now become the institution’s 32nd head coach.

“I am grateful for the opportunity. I thank the administration for the faith they have entrusted in me. It is my goal to return the program back to the previous success we had in the past. I will be out immediately recruiting student-athletes who want to play college football and graduate. Hopefully, one day they will want to give back to the program”, states Coates during a meeting.

Coates makes a return to his alma mater after serving an internship with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Under the tutelage of his former NFL coach Bill Parcells, Ben assisted with the tight ends.

Prior to the Cowboys, Coates served as the offensive line and tight ends intern with the NFL Europe’s Frankfurt Galaxy.

Coates began his coaching career when he retired from the NFL after winning the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. In 2001, he became the tight ends coach for Livingstone under former Head Coach Gregory Richardson.

Since, he has had responsiblities over tight ends and receivers, quarterbacks, and offensive linemen. He has also been the offensive cordinator under Richardson and the former coach George Johnson.

In 1991, Coates was drafted by the New England Patriots with their second pick in the fifth round. From the time-span of 1991 to 1999, Ben became the Patriots all-time leading receiver at tight end and he has played in several Pro-Bowls.

In 2000, he teamed up with Shannon Sharpe and the Baltimore Ravens for the Super Bowl Championship. Afterwards, he retired from the NFL becoming the fourth all-time leading receiver at tight end in NFL history. Ben played in 158 games with 499 receptions for 5,555 yards. His longest catch was for 84 yards and he has scored 50 catching-touchdowns.

A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Coates earned a degree in Sports Management from Livingstone.