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Burton Cates steps down as head coach at Lee County (Podcast)

In today’s CP Daily Download Podcast, I’ll talk with Burton Cates who announced on Wednesday that he’s stepping down as the head football coach at Lee County High School after nine seasons.  Cates, during his tenure leading the Yellow Jackets, led that program to back-to-back conference championships as well as back-to-back 12-win seasons.

Burton Cates

During his tenure at LCHS, he posted a 74-37 record and made the playoffs in seven of the nine seasons.  His overall coaching record, which includes 25 years as the head coach of Eastern Randolph High School is 310-118.  He led the Wildcats to the 2006 3AA State Championship with a 15-7 victory over Charlotte Catholic.

Cates was named as the head coach of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in 2013 and was on the East-West All-Star Game staff in 1995.  He was quick to point out that this is not a retirement and did not rule out the possibilities of returning to the sidelines at a different program.


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Chris Hughes is the senior football analyst and founder of A life-long student of the game, he brings a unique perspective of the game from multiple angles, including that of a former coach. His work has been featured both locally and nationally, including FNF Magazine,, and ESPN U, and SiriusXM.

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