A Northwestern Wildcats Hall-of-Famer and former Chicago Bear, D'Wayne Bates is one the most impactful athletic leaders in Illinois and across the nation. Learn more about how he is leading an exceptional program at Glenbard East High School.
Bates is remembered by many around Chicago as a standout wide receiver on Northwestern University’s 1995 Rose Bowl team – and afterward as a member of the Chicago Bears. But it was another experience in college, an internship teaching preschoolers and middle school students, which helped define who he is today.“This profession affords me an opportunity to save lives by way of educating, motivating, and coaching students.”
Bates, was drafted in the third round of the 1999 draft by the Bears. D’Wayne Bates was a part of the Chicago Bears’ 2001 NFC Central championship, Northwestern University’s 1995 & 1996 Big Ten championships, & two South Carolina high school state championships.
After graduating from the program in 2011, D’Wayne began his career as the associate athletic director at Evanston before his current job as associate principal and director of athletics and activities at Glenbard East High School.
“This profession affords me an opportunity to save lives by way of educating, motivating, and coaching.”
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