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 Tony Gates

Tony Gates is back home to do what he calls his “dream job.”

Gates — a 1991 Reedley High alumnus – was officially approved March 12 by the Kings Canyon Unified School District Board of Trustees to become the next varsity football coach. Gates, 45, replaces Brandon Nagle, who posted a 5-26 record in three seasons and is moving on to a coordinator’s job with County Metro Athletic Conference School Bullard High of Fresno.

“I still live in the community, my two daughters go here. One’s a senior, one’s a freshman,” said Gates, who lives north of the city near Great Western School. “This is truly a thrill, For me, at this point, I think of the names of guys before me, it’s humbling. [Skip] Pendergast, Bill Baird, Stan Kanawyer, Justin Garza.

“Now, filling those shoes is humbling. I sometimes want to just pinch myself. I know we’re gong to have to do some retooling.”

Gates coached on and off as an assistant at RHS under seven different head coaches for 11 seasons beginning in 1996.

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