Dr. Coats is originally from the Gulf Coast of Alabama. He earned his B.A. in History, and his M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Administration of Higher Education from Auburn University. He is new to Appalachia and Boone. He loves it here! In his free time, he loves to hike with his wife, Rebecca, an ASU administrator, and his dogs. He also likes to read and travel. Go ASU! His professional career has been at a variety of institutions across the country where he has been able to engage students and help foster an environment of holistic learning for approximately 20 years.