Keith Bates


Coaching Qualifications: US Soccer Grass Roots

Coaching Experience:

  • TKO Premier Coach – 4 years
  • AYSO Region 74 Coach - 4 Years

Playing Experience:

  • Indoor & Outdoor Adult Leagues – Kalamazoo, MI: (1999-2012)
  • Various HS Travel Leagues – Saline, MI: (1994-1999)
  • AYSO – Saline, MI: (1988-1994)

Why I coach for TKO Premier SC:As a kid growing up in Michigan who loved playing soccer, I respected the coaches that saw the best in each of us and challenged us to grow both in the game and personally. As a parent of 3 boys who are playing at various levels at TKO, it is important to me to be a part of a club that has the mission and coaching philosophy that align with my own beliefs. TKO is that club! The commitment the club shows to sportsmanship, teamwork, and learning life lessons from playing the game inspired me to get more involved in the club and to help our young learn and grow through the game of soccer.

Fun fact about me: As a day job I live in the world of data and analytics! Part of my joy in coaching is getting outside and away from technology!

Parent Perspective:

"Over this past season, we have observed Keith wrangle young, energetic boys into focused players. He prioritizes progress and developmentally appropriate skills for long term gains. I believe our team's success is due to his holistic perspective - paying attention to his players' current physical, mental, and emotional states. Sometimes they perform best when facing a formidable opponent in the driving rain, while other times they simply need a popsicle and music during warmups to get focused. Under Keith's leadership we have created a positive and healthy team culture from the players to the sidelines, and I am thankful my son's soccer foundation is being formed here." 

Player Quotes: 

"He doesn't expect us to be perfect. He wants us to try our best." 
"Coach Keith sees me as a person and not just a player." 

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