Will Bates is a native of Chester, Virginia where he grew up playing for local clubs Chesterfield United and the Richmond Strikers. Bates played at the University of Virginia where he helped lead the 2009 team to a National Championship. During his youth and collegiate career, Bates was a regular member of the U15, U17, U18, and U20 U.S. Youth National Teams. Following his time at UVA, Bates was drafted and played for the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer in 2013 & 2014.
Following his professional career, Bates moved back to Richmond where he pursued a master's degree in Sports Leadership through VCU’s Center for Sports Leadership program. Bates has earned his U.S. Soccer “C” License and will pursue his “B” license later this year. In 2019-20, Bates will coach the U12 Boys & U16 Boys.