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. Dr. Coats came to App State in January 2018; he loves it here! In his free time, Dr. Coats loves to hike with his wife, Dr. Rebecca Coats, an App State administrator, and his two dogs. He loves to read and is a world traveler. Dr. Coats' professional career has been at a variety of institutions across the country where he has received several awards by engaging students and helping foster an environment of holistic learning for over 20 years. His research has been dedicated to student engagement and academic success.