Will Bates is the Director of Coaching for the U11-U12 age groups. He has been coaching for the Richmond Strikers since 2014. He previously worked as the Richmond Strikers Director of ADP and helped manage the Longdale Youth Development Center - focusing on the performance environment of the travel program's youngest players (U8-U10).
Before joining the Strikers, Bates played professionally for the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer (2013, 2014). Prior to his professional career, he was a standout forward and captain for the University of Virginia (2009-2013) where he won the NCAA National Championship in 2009. He was a major part of UVA's National Championship run scoring 12 goals and being named National Freshmen of the Year.
During his career at UVA, Will finished 7th in UVA history with 46 career goals.
Bates is a proud alum of the Richmond Strikers youth travel program. During his time playing for the Strikers, he also represented the US Youth National teams on the U14, U15, U17, U18, and U20 teams.
Will currently has his C license and National Youth Coaching License. He graduated from VCU with a Masters in Sport Leadership in 2015.