In her role as the head coach of Fresno State's inaugural women's golf squad, Angie Cates established a standard of excellence in the 2004-05 season that saw seven top-five placings, including a fourth place WAC finish. In addition to leading her team to two tournament titles, Cates was named the 2005 WAC Coach of the Year.
Under her watch, the Bulldogs, as a first-year program, were on the cusp of an NCAA berth. Cates coached then-freshman Laura Luethke to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Western Regional as well as three individual tournament titles. Cates' team excelled in the classroom, as seven of her golfers were named Fresno State Scholar-Athletes and four were named WAC Scholar-Athletes. In addition, Meggie Fagundes, who has the highest GPA on the team, received Academic All-WAC honors.
Before joining the Bulldogs, Cates served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's golf teams at Oregon State. While at OSU, she helped both the men's and women's teams advance to the 2003 NCAA Regional Championships. She served as the tournament director for the 2003 Women's and the 2002 Men's Pac-10 Championship tournaments. She coordinated team practices, recruiting and travel, in addition to directing the academic programs, camps and clinics for both teams. Cates also assisted with scheduling and budget development and organized fundraising projects.
A native of Dallas, Cates played at Washington State where she was a stellar student-athlete, earning All-American Scholar-Athlete honors three times. She represented the Pac-10 on an All-Star team that toured Asia and was named a team captain for the Cougars as a senior.
An accomplished player, Cates won the Seattle City Amateur and Washington State Amateur Championships. Subsequently, she was granted a sponsor's exemption to play in the LPGA Safeco Classic in Seattle that same year. She played professionally from 2000-03 on the Challenge and Future Tours, claiming second place in the Telluride Classic.
Following graduation, Cates worked for three years at The Golf Channel as an associate producer. She conducted interviews with players from the PGA, LPGA, Nike/BUY.com and Senior Tours, in addition to producing features and working on live-television golf broadcasts.
Cates earned a bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis in broadcast news from Washington State's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication in 1998.