(OLNEY, MD) – Pat Bates announced today that he plans to retire this year, closing the books on a remarkable 45-year career at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. After a decorated career as a teacher and principal, Mr. Bates assumed the role of Athletic Director in 1982 then again in 2008. Under his leadership, Good Counsel has achieved success with 49 WCAC Championships.
As a key member of the Good Counsel administration in the 1990s, Mr. Bates helped to lead the effort to certify Good Counsel as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, a two-year college preparatory course of studies. Thanks to his leadership in establishing the program, Good Counsel now offers IB courses in 33 subjects.
"Pat Bates has devoted his working life to Good Counsel," said Paul Barker, President. "He started doing odd jobs for the Xaverian Brothers even before he began high school. As a student of the Class of 1970, Pat won our highest student honor, the Brother Mark Award. I am inspired by the breadth of service he has given our school as teacher, coach, mentor, athletic director, and principal. Good Counsel will not see such a Renaissance man again."
Tom Campbell, Principal agrees. "In many ways Pat truly exemplifies the Xaverian value of simplicity. Throughout his career, his sole focus has been how he can best serve the students of Good Counsel. Pat is Blue and Gold through and through. His influence on who we are as a school community will remain for generations."
Mr. Bates lives in Silver Spring, MD and looks forward to spending time with his daughter Elizabeth Curtin and son Vincent Bates, both graduates of Good Counsel. "Working at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School has been a blessing for me for forty-five years," said Mr. Bates. "Over that time, I was fortunate to have served the community in many different roles so that I always stayed fresh with new challenges. What has made Good Counsel special for me is the dedication of the faculty and staff. Interacting with my co-workers and the students each day is what I will miss the most in retirement."
The search process for the new Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Athletic Director is underway.