Born and raised right here in Belton, TX. I spent the first 19 years of my life in this area before heading to Baylor University where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Education with emphasis in Athletic Training in 1987. I accepted the Head Athletic Trainer's position at Cedar Hill High School. After three years, I had an opportunity to move back to Waco and worked as an athletic trainer in the clinical setting at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. After three years, Baylor University offered me an assistant athletic training position. I served Baylor for almost 10 years as an athletic trainer and adjunct professor in the Health & Human Performance & Recreation Department. My main duties at Baylor included overseeing the student athletic training recruitment program, working as the athletic trainer for both mens basketball and womens soccer. While working at Baylor, I earned my Masters Degree in Education in 1997. In 2002, Belton High School offered me a position and I was there from then until July of 2013. Prior to attending Baylor University in 1984, I attended Temple Junior College (Temple College) on a full music scholarship. Since moving back to Belton, I have been a member of the Leon River Band. We are a local band made up of five musicians/singers who play mostly classic and current country music as well as some classic rock (Eagles, Doobie Brothers, BTO)..... the good music :)
I am a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) and also Nationally Certified (NATA). My professional organizations include the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association, Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association and the Central Texas Athletic Trainers' Society.
My wife, Vicki (Smith) Pate, and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary and we share three wonderfully talented and beautiful children. Tyler (25) graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2015. He was a three-year letter winner on the Cru's soccer team. Tyler served UMHB as a Student Ambassador and also served as the External Vice-President on the SGA. He met and married his wife, Lauren Matt at UMHB. They married in January of 2017 and currently reside in Houston. He is regional recruiter for Lamar University and Lauren is employeed with Insperity. Courtney (23) graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Fine Arts. She competed 4 years on Baylor's Acrobatics & Tumbling Team where she earned two team national championships. She is currently the Head Acrobatics & Tumbling Coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV. Cassidy (21) is a junior at Baylor University, majoring in journalism. She was a cheerleader for the Bears her freshman year and has recently joined the Chi Omega sorority.
My hobbies include playing drums, calligraphy, playing golf, photography and taking every opportunity to be with our children as much as possible. We are members of the Belton Church of Christ.