Born in Port Huron, Michigan before moving to Reno in 1992, Del Bates is an athlete through and through. During his tenure at Reed High School, Bates was a star on both the football and track teams. As a cornerback for the Reed High Raiders, Del was named an all-conference defensive back in 1995 and 1996, but it was on the track where Del really shined. Del ran in a variety of events leading him to be the 3 Time regional champion in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 4×200 meter relay and 4×100 meter relay in 1994,1995 and 1996 winning the state championship in those same events in 1995 and 1996. His biggest accomplishment of his high school career came in his junior season when Bates was named the Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
It was no surprise when Del graduated from Reed in 1996 that colleges were interested in having the 18 year old apart of their program. Bates eventually chose to attend UNLV for his freshman year, but decided to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was a two-sport athlete on a full-ride athletic scholarship for the remainder of his collegiate career. Del was considered a leader by his peers on the Wolf Pack football team where he played as defensive back, wide receiver and kickoff return specialist, even taking an 89 yard return to the house in a 1998 matchup against Boise State. Off the field and track, Del Bates immersed himself in education, learning as much as he could about as many subjects he could, studying criminal justice, human development family studies, health ecology and sociology before graduating with a degree in general studies in 2000.
Following his graduation from Nevada, Bates spent two seasons with Dallas Cowboys after being signed as free agent, however his football career was cut short by a shoulder injury in 2002. His track and field career continued through 2012 as Bates was invited to Olympic trials in 1996 (as a high school athlete), 2004 and 2012. Del extended his passion for sports towards students at his alma mater, Reed High, coaching football and track and filed from 2004 to 2008 before joining the Hug High track coaching staff in 2010, producing three state champions in his two-year tenure.
Although Bates has been providing speed training to high school, collegiate and professional athletes since 2008, Del discovered a newfound passion for training younger kids once his own five-year old son began involvement in sports. While training his son, Del fell in love with the passion and patience needed to train younger athletes. Through his speed training programs, Del not only teaches the dynamics of good running, but also stresses the importance of off filed success, consistently checking his athletes’ grades and making sure they stay out of trouble.