John Thomas "JT" Oates was named assistant coach of Berry's volleyball team in June of 2016.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Oates brings extensive volleyball knowledge and coaching experience. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Division III Bridgewater College, a member of the ODAC Conference and South Region. While at Bridgewater, Oates focused on aiding player development, practice planning and recruiting student-athletes. He also spent the 10 years with Valley Juniors Volleyball Club in Virginia, serving both as the head coach and club director.
In addition to his coaching experiences, Oates also served as a commercial program manager with Dynamic Aviation in Virginia since 2006, where he gained valuable experience in management, operations and customer service. Oates is USAV Impact, Cap I and Cap II certified and is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Oates graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical Science from LeTourneau University in 2004. He also holds a Master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University at Irvine.
JT and his wife Lisa have three children: Madelyn (10), Adah (6) and Keller (3).