The Auburn School Board accepted the retirement of Auburn High School head football coach Dave Bates and employed Ryan Gardner as the new head coach at a special meeting held Thursday, May 27.

“It's been a great ride. I came here when I was 25 in 1986," Bates commented. "I wish I knew what I know now back then when I started. Auburn has been good to us, my whole family. We've weathered the storm a few years when we haven't been as good and we've had some great runs where we've been really, really good.”

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