Kelly Bates

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Kelly Bates
Date of birth (1975-07-27) July 27, 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) Running backs coach
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 296 lb (134 kg)
University Saskatchewan
CFL draft 2001 / Round: 4 / Pick: 32
Drafted by BC Lions
Career history
As administrator
20122014 BC Lions (Draft coord.)
As coach
2011 BC Lions (OLC)
20122014 BC Lions (RBC)
2015–present Simon Fraser Clan (HC)
As player
20022008 BC Lions
2009 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2010 Saskatchewan Roughriders*
2010 Edmonton Eskimos
2011 BC Lions
*Offseason and/or practice roster only.
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 2007
CFL West All-Star 2007
Career stats

Kelly Bates (born July 27, 1975) is a former professional Canadian football guard and current head coach of the Simon Fraser Clan. He was drafted by the BC Lions in fourth round of the 2001 CFL Draft. He played CIS football for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

College career[edit]

Bates was a core member of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies offensive line and helped the Huskies win the 1998 Vanier Cup.

Professional career[edit]

BC Lions[edit]

Bates was selected by the BC Lions in the 2001 CFL Draft (4th round, 32nd overall). In 2004, he missed 7 games to a knee injury and started 11 games. In 2005, Bates started all 18 games including the West Division Championship. In 2006, he again started all 18 regular season games, the western final, and the 94th Grey Cup. Bates was blamed by team-mates for breaking the Grey Cup after BC won it in 2006. He has been a starter on the team since 2003.[1]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

Bates was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on May 14, 2009.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Bates was the running backs coach and Canadian College Draft coordinator for the BC Lions from 2012 to 2014. In 2015, he became the head coach of the Simon Fraser Clan.[3]


  1. ^ "Kelly Bates". Roster. BC Lions Football Club. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
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  3. ^ "2015 Football Coaching Staff". Retrieved March 26, 2017.