Billy Yates joins the Texas Tech football staff to serve as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. As a collegiate athlete Yates was a four year letterman and graduate of Texas A&M. Upon leaving A&M, Yates was blessed to have an opportunity to play 8 years in the NFL. In 2010 Yates retired from the NFL and immediately began pursuing his coaching career. Yates has always had a desire to help others achieve their goals and he has spent countless hours doing so. He was given an opportunity to continue on with his passion to help others, by volunteering with the football strength and conditioning staff at Texas A&M in 2012. There he gained a wealth of knowledge where he worked under the tutelage of Larry Jackson, Chad Dennis, and Raychelle Ellsworth. Yates is very appreciative of all the many coaches, teachers, professors, and family members that have helped him get to where he is today.
Yates prides himself on being a man with great integrity, focus, and commitment. He expects nothing less from his athletes. As a former player he adds a unique perspective to Tech's strength and conditioning staff. He is definitely here to help Texas Tech improve as a football team on and off the field. His wife of ten years Tamika and son William are a great support system to him. They are enjoying the Lubbock community and feel blessed to be at Texas Tech.