Yates has rowed and coached in Little Rock since the Arkansas Boathouse Club was re-established in 2006. Yates began coaching juniors when ABC established Arkansas’ first youth crew in 2009. They competed at numerous regional regattas and many have been recruited by collegiate programs. Yates has developed an understanding of the recruiting habits of specific college rowing programs and coaches. He recognizes how boathouse culture can create a positive and effective environment for athletes’ development. Steering athletes toward the right boathouse culture could not only create a better experience but also provide a deliberate edge.
In 2010, Yates and his wife Jessica spearheaded a pilot program with the Arkansas School for the Blind. He trained rival crews of police for an officer challenge at the Junction Bridge Regatta for which he also served as the Race Director in 2011 & 2012. He continued as Race Director for the 2013 & 2014 Six Bridges Regattas. He served on the ABC Board of Directors from 2009 – 2015. Yates embraces ABC’s partnership with Row America and looks forward to a bright future under the direction of Ted Riedeburg.
An experienced quadcopter pilot, Yates uses his skills and technology to improve our views at regattas. He races at the Grande Maumelle Sailing Club on Team Orion and serves on the GMSC Board of Directors.