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Dr. Ann Bates, 43, wife of current Princeton and former Drexel men’s coach Bates, loses battle with cancer

Wednesday, 30th November 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 11/30/11
From Press Release and Staff Report

Dr. Ann Bates, the wife of Princeton men’s lacrosse coach Chris Bates, passed away earlier today after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer.

Dr Ann Bates

She was nine days past her 43rd birthday.

“She was the most courageous, inspirational person I ever met,” said Chris Bates, formerly the head coach at Drexel. “She hit every challenge head on. She was really just an inspiration.”

Ann Bates was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2003. Since then, she twice fought off the disease, first then and again when she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in the summer of 2009, just three days after her husband was named the Tiger head coach.

After a bone marrow transplant and a lengthy stay in the hospital, Ann Bates was in remission – until the brain tumor returned this past May. She had surgery to remove the tumor, but ultimately the disease overtook her. She passed away early this afternoon.

Ann Bates was a graduate of William & Mary, and she attended medical school at the University of Virginia before doing her residency in pediatrics at North Caroilna. It was there that she met Chris Bates, who was a graduate student at UNC and about to become the head coach at Drexel.

“She loved Princeton,” said Bates, who also was a three-time champion with the Philadelphia Wings and started the program at Archbishop Ryan before becoming an assistant at Drexel in the 1990s. “She loved Princeton lacrosse. She was such a big part of the program at Drexel, and it’s a great sadness that she never really got the same opportunity here.”

Ann and Chris Bates have one child, their 10-year-old son Nicholas.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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  1. Dan says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss Coach Bates, I met Ann after a few of our home games and still remember her smiling and congratulating me on a game well played, and if that is all I knew of her it would have been enough. Her smile could fill a room, and I remember it to this day. She fought off cancer for so long, and I wish the world that it would not have happened to anyone let alone someone so extraordinary.

  2. sarah says:

    Coach Bates, I attended high school with Ann, and remember she was brilliant, athletic, and very popular. I learned about this on Facebook, where everyone is deeply saddened by the news. Ann was so genuine and kind, and always positive and confident. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  3. Clay says:

    To the Bates family: Just heard about this via Facebook as well. Had homeroom in HS with Ann. LIke Sarah says above I too remember her being brilliant, athletic, positive, and kind. So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

  4. Bryan Green says:

    What an amazing women, an inspiration and great person to work with.I worked with Anne for several years at DuPont childrens hospital in the ER.She had the biggest heart ever. She will be missed deeply by all of us. My sympothy goes out to Chris and Nicolas.

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