Coach Yates received her bachelors degree from Sam Houston State University and has coached a variety of youth sports over the years, including volleyball, softball, and soccer. She previously worked for Mesquite ISD as a PE assistant for 4 years. Growing up in Mesquite, Coach Yates was active in cheerleading, gymnastics, volleyball, softball, and soccer. She and her husband, John, live in Miller Grove where their son, Jesse, 9th, does baseball, cross country, and track and their daughter, Audrey, 8th, also does cross country and track, and plays volleyball. Their oldest son, Andrew, is in his sophomore year at the University of Texas at Arlington where he is majoring in kinesiology and then off to a fire academy.