John Thomas "JT" Oates
John Thomas "JT" Oates
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: (706) 368-6333
Previous College: LeTourneau ('04), Concordia University at Irvine ('14)

John Thomas "JT" Oates was named assistant coach of Berry's volleyball team in June of 2016.

In his two seasons with the Vikings, he has helped the team compile a 53-17 record and a 24-4 SAA conference record, placing the team in the conference finals both years and winning the conference championship in 2017.  The 2017 season ended with a trip to the NCAA round of sixteen after a record-breaking, undefeated conference schedule. In two years at Berry, Oates has coached 12 All-Conference selections, six All-Region selections and six All-Americans. 

Prior to Berry, JT served as the volunteer assistant at Bridgewater College in Virginia while working as a Maintenance and Commercial Programs Manager with Dynamic Aviation in Virginia for 12 years. 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, Adah and Keller and live in Rome, Ga.