Chris Cates enters his first season as USF’s assistant coach. Cates comes from the University of Tampa where he worked with infielders, base running and bunting as an assistant coach for the 2014 season. While at Tampa, the team recorded a program-high fielding percentage of .971, while stealing 82 bases in 96 attempts and recording only 63 errors, the fifth lowest amount in school history. Cates graduated from the University of Louisville in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration. A four-year starter at shortstop for the Cardinals (2004-07), Cates started 239 games and hit .302 with 270 hits, 162 runs scored, 101 RBI, 44 doubles, five triples and three home runs.