Cates Sports: Bio

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Toby Cates started his football career in Inman, SC where he was a standout quarterback at Chapman High School.  Upon graduating from high school, Toby received a football scholarship to play for The University of South Carolina.  At USC, Toby was a 4-year letterman.  He played one year at Defensive Back and three years as Wide Receiver.  During Toby’s senior year he was elected Co-Captain of USC’s first ever bowl win.

After college Toby received a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns.  After a short stint with the Browns, Toby joined the Baltimore Stallions (CFL), where he was a member of the 1st American team to win the “prestigious” Grey Cup, the Canadian League Super Bowl. 

After Toby was forced to retire from playing football due to injury, he began his coaching career in 1997 at JF Byrnes High School as Wide Receiver Coach/Passing Game Coordinator.  At Byrnes, Toby helped install an offense that broke numerous school records and helped coach the teams to the playoffs each year.  Toby’s first season at Byrnes was dubbed “The Turnaround”.  He helped set the pace for the winning program that they are presently known for.  After two seasons at Byrnes, Toby resigned from coaching to concentrate on his family. 

In 2005, Toby returned to coaching at Greenville High School where he served as Wide Receiver and Passing Game Coordinator.  He left Greenville after the 2007 season to help care for his son and newborn daughter.  He returned to Greenville High School in 2009 as the Co-Offensive Coordinator, coaching quarterbacks and receivers. 

In 2011, Toby resigned as a full-time High School coach so that he could coach his son’s little league football team. In the same year he started Cates Sports, LLC, which includes youth camps, youth sports training, and digital sports testing. 

In 2012, Toby started his nonprofit Carolina Ravens Youth Football.  His organization fields three teams, ages 6,7,8,  9-10 and 11-12.  He also returned to Greenville High School and served as the Offensive Coordinator for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. 

Out of all of Toby’s success, his greatest is his family. He is married to Latrell Cates and together they have four beautiful children; Raven, Tobi, Toby Jr. and Taylor.


High School (Chapman High School - Inman, SC)

Best Offensive Player - 1988

Appalachian 2A Conference Player of the Year - 1988 & 1989

Greenville All Area Team - 1988 & 1989

All State - 1988 & 1989

Greenville News All State Team - 1988 & 1989

Spartanburg Herald All Area Team - 1988 & 1989

Spartanburg Herald Player of the Week - 1988 & 1989

Chapman High School Football M.V.P. - 1989

Appalachian 2A Conference Male Athlete of the Year - 1989

WYFF Player of the Week - 1989

Shrine Bowl - 1989

Top 100 Recruits of South Carolina - 1990

U.S.A. Today Male Athlete of the Year for South Carolina - 1990

3,300 passing yds., 51 touchdowns (33 passing, 18 rushing), record of 25-2 as a starting quarterback - 1988 to 1989

*First Jersey Ever Retired for Chapman High School in any sport - 1995

Spartanburg Herald All Century Team (Top 10) - 2000

College - University of South Carolina

Best Offensive Receiver - 1992, 1993, 1994

WYFF Channel 4 Player of the Game - (vs Clemson, 1992 & 1994)

14 career receiving touchdowns for 1,416 yards

Inducted into the Hall of Captains - 1995

Post College

Cleveland Browns (NFL)- Free Agency - 1995

Baltimore Stallions (CFL) - 1995

Championships and All-Star Games

Shrine Bowl - 1990 (High School)

Carquest Bowl - 1995 (College)

Grey Cup Champions - 1995 (CFL)


Coached players to the Shrine Bowl

Coached players to the North South Game

Coached player that made USA Today All-American

Coached receivers that received college scholarships