High School Sports

Cates leaves Columbus High for Northside

Northside Principal James Wilson wasted little time in finding a head football coach and athletic director.

Columbus High head coach Paul Cates will move across town to become the Patriots football coach next fall. He’ll reunite with former offensive coordinator and Hardaway head coach Morgan Ingram. Cates and Ingram will remain at their respective schools through the end of the school year, Wilson said.

“(Cates) is always in control. He’s not a screamer, and he’s organized,” Wilson said. “You will never find a more prepared team than his. Coach Ingram is a little more fiery. They are a good combination… I didn’t expect this, but I couldn’t be happier.”

Nathan Laney, who was the Northside coach the last two years, will remain on the staff as an assistant coach. Laney coached the offensive line before becoming the head coach following the 2005 season. Both Cates and Ingram also have been offensive coordinators during their coaching careers.

“We better score a lot,” Wilson said with a laugh. “We hope to hire a couple more coaches. We will look to get some on the defensive side.”

With Northside filling its positions, it has created the second and third openings in Muscogee County this offseason.