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Mike Bates retires from Xavier Paint Crew

30-plus years of volunteer work comes to an end


After 30-plus years of volunteer work in coordinating the Xavier Paint Crew, Mike Bates has hung up his painting clothes for the last time.

Bates, who is the Information Director for the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, donated numerous supplies and countless hours each year for Xavier Athletics -- painting the football game field and the practice fields, plus helping maintain the athletic facility and many other tasks at Xavier...  starting back in the early 1970's.

However, he was chosen from 4 candidates in June to create a new web site portal for the WADA, and the time demands of that additional work load for him means he no longer will be able to be a part of the Paint Crew.  For each football season, Paint Crew work for Bates often easily totaled 30-40 hours weekly, usually starting in June, to get things ready for when other volunteers arrived.

In previous years, Bates was able to work his "real world job" around his volunteer involvement at the X.  It is expected that designing the new web site for the WADA will add many hours per week...  well into the XHS football season.

His wife, Kathy, is the athletic director at Xavier.  Their son, Adam, graduated from Xavier in the Class of 2009, and he will attend the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities -- majoring in Sports Management and Coaching / Education.

In addition to his work with the Paint Crew, Mike also was an assistant football coach at Xavier for almost 20 years...  in the 70's and 80's.  His brother, Peter, has been the Voice of the Hawks for years, and he was one of the original members of the Paint Crew.  Mike, who maintains most of the content on XavierHawks.com, still plans to volunteer in a limited basis at Xavier. 


The Paint Crew consists of dads (or moms) of current, former, and future football players at Xavier...  as well as members of the Xavier Booster Club.  They volunteer for a variety of tasks associated with Xavier Football, including painting the game field and the practice fields at school.  They also help prepare the facility, and, they often help out with other projects, as needed.  Read more info on  the PAINT CREW page via the link at the top of the FOOTBALL page.




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JULY 30, 2009