Kent Denver School’s Scott Yates receives induction into the CHSCA Hall of Fame from Herman Motz. Courtesy photo by Carol MacKay
It is no secret at Kent Denver School that Scott Yates, the head football coach since 1981, is in a class of his own.
Over the past 32 years, he has played an important role in shaping the lives of countless young adults as a coach, advisor and educator. His winning record — an astonishing 273-69 with three state titles — is extraordinary by any measure. He has also presided over one of the state’s most successful athletics programs as Kent Denver’s director of athletics for more than a dozen years.
On March 30, Coach Yates was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Head of School Todd Horn and more than 70 Kent Denver alumni, faculty and friends were on hand to celebrate with Coach Yates and his family.
“I wish everyone at Kent Denver could have joined us to honor Scott Yates and to hear his inspiring remarks,” said Dr. Horn. “In short, Coach Yates was honored for bringing out the best in young athletes, bringing out the best in coaches, and bringing out the best in sports.”
Yates joins his late father, Richard “Dick” Yates, who was inducted into the CHSCA Hall of Fame in 1984. A longtime coach at South High School in Denver, Dick was fondly known as “Old Coach Yates” in his retirement years as he volunteered on the Kent Denver sidelines.
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