Longtime Pusch Ridge boys soccer coach Robert Coate passed away this past week

Bob Coate from 2014 (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Robert H. Coate passed away Wednesday evening, August 28.

His children and family were with him as they said goodbye to the most loving husband and father. He was a steadfast rock to many, and especially to his wife, Kara and children, Abram, Elisabeth (Andy), Micah (Kelley), Ben (Nikki) and Matthew. Also his mother, Anne; brothers, Richard, Danny and sister, Judy.

He also leaves behind nine grandchildren who adored him and will miss their Papa greatly.

In the days before his death and after, the outpouring of love and tributes to him have been overwhelming. He was respected in every walk of life. In his work, coaching, and leadership in church.

Bob Coate from Nov. 27, 2018 (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Words used to describe him are faithful, patient, kind, Godly, steadfast and friend. Although he worked in the construction/contracting business for over 48 years, the job he loved most was being a husband and father. He spent most of his time with them.

He taught them everything he loved. How to hunt, fish, golf, play sports and to know the Lord Jesus. He also loved coaching soccer and did that for 38 years in various clubs, the latest being FC Tucson. He was the boys varsity coach at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy for 19 years.

He mentored not only his family, but the boys from many years of coaching. He was a friend to many and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Services will be held Sunday, September 8, 2019 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo Del Norte – The Sanctuary on the SW corner, with a reception following next door at North West Bible Church. Memorial gifts can be made to handsofhopetucson.com, amor.org, or to Pusch Ridge Christian Academy building fund.

“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3 Arrangements by Desert Sunset Funeral Home.

Bob Coate from 2010 (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The Boys Soccer Coach of the Year for Southern Arizona will be named after Bob Coate.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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