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High school softball: Jerry Bates steps down as Tuttle's coach

by Ryan Aber Published: September 26, 2012
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When softball Tuttle coach Jerry Bates got home from Saturday's game at Chickasha, he knew it was time.

“It has been a very stressful year,” Bates said. “That stress has caused me not to be the best coach. I've been not very nice to be around.”

Over the weekend, Bates took stock and by Sunday night, decided to resign as the Tigers' coach.

“Winning had kind of gotten in the way,” Bates said. “We were four games away from 1,000 wins. It was something I was looking forward to. But it got to the point where I wasn't the kind of coach those girls needed.”

Bates' parents live in Oklahoma City and are moving out of the house they've lived in for nearly 50 years this week due to his father's health.

Jennifer White-Stokes, a two-time high school All-American at Tuttle and a standout at Florida State, took over the team. She had been hired before the season to coach the junior high program.

“I've been succeeded by a really good person,” Bates said. “She's got the credentials and the program is in great hands.”

Tuttle has won both its games this week, beating Washington and Hammond.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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