The St. Pius X High School boys basketball team will have a new leader on the court next season.
St. Pius X announced Tuesday afternoon that Walter Yates Jr. has been named as the successor to former head coach Brandon Scott, who led the Panthers to at least 20 wins in three of his four seasons. They qualified for the TAPPS playoffs each season, reaching the state championship game in 2018.
“I’m so happy to be a part of the SPX program,” Yates said. “I’m ready to build a program with this community that is second to none.”
Yates has made several stops in his coaching career and has ties to Houston, including the local community. He began his career as an assistant coach under his father, the late Walter Yates Sr., at Kashmere, where they won multiple district titles and advanced to the regional final in Class 4A.
After moving on to coach at Beaumont Ozen, which the younger Yates led to an undefeated 4A state title in 2001 and another state appearance in 2002, Yates then served as the head coach at Waltrip and Wilmer-Hutchins.
He later returned to Kashmere to take over for his father, winning multiple district titles and making the regional tournament in consecutive years. Yates also has spent time at the collegiate level with Lamar State College and Midwestern State University as an assistant.
Before being hired by the Panthers, Yates led Humble Christian Life Academy to a state-title game and was named Texas Christian Athletic League’s Coach of the Year.