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Rob Moates – Manatee High School
Favorite Team:
Tampa Bay Rays
Favorite Player:
David Price / Mike Trout
Best Advice:
 "If your mother would be embarrassed to read about it in the paper tomorrow, don’t do it."

Coaching Experience:
Lakewood Ranch High School (2003-2012)
Manatee High School (2013-2014)

Playing Experience:
Manatee Community College (2 years)

Biography:
After leaving baseball and receiving a degree from Florida State University Moates spent 10 years working in the Florida Legislature and the United States Congress, including helping to rewrite State and National election laws after the 2000 presidential election.  In 2003 he returned home to Manatee County to begin teaching and coaching. This included a 10 year stint coaching Lankewood Ranch High School, winning the a state championship in 2003 and advancing to the State Final Four in 2012.

Best moment as a player/coach/fan:
"Being a part of a 1991 team that gave up 1 hit in 3 games to get to the National Championship tournament in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Seeing former players put on Major League uniforms and get their first win or first hit.  Being able to spend years coaching and working with my father.  
Willie “Pops” Stargell, in 1981 on a back field in spring training, take 5 minutes to talk to a 10 year old boy about throwing and catching instead of signing an autograph because he said it would last longer. He was right."

 

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