Dennis Gates enters his second season as an assistant coach at his alma mater. His duties include game preparation, written scouting reports, recruiting, summer basketball camps, individual workouts and academics.
A Golden Bear guard from 1999-2002, Gates was a member of Cal's 1999 National Invitation Tournament championship squad and played key roles on the Bears' NCAA Tournament teams in 2001 and '02. In 114 career games, he had 34 starts and finished with an average of 3.8 points per game, as well as 100 steals and 148 assists.
During his tenure as a player, Cal compiled an 83-46 record, winning 20 games in a season three times. In 2002, the Bears reached the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Gates was named to the all-tournament team at the Golden Bear Classic in '01-02 after hitting a three-pointer in the closing seconds to beat Penn State, 76-73, in the championship game.
Since graduating from Cal in 2002, Gates spent one year on staff with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and at Marquette University and Florida State. He served as an intern assistant coach under Alvin Gentry and Dennis Johnson with the Clippers in 2002-03, then was a graduate assistant on Tom Crean's staff at Marquette in '03-04, helping the Golden Eagles to the quarterfinals of the NIT, and a GA under Leonard Hamilton at Florida State during the '04-05 season.
A native of Chicago, Gates was a two-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic choice and the 2002 Cal recipient of the Pac-10 Medal. He received Cal's Most Inspirational Player Award in 2001, the Pete Newell Award as the team's best defensive player in 2002 and was twice named the Bears' Outstanding Student-Athlete (1999, 2001).
Gates earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in just three years and competed as a master's candidate in education during his senior campaign. He recently completed his Master of Science degree in adult education & human resource development from Florida State University.