A 1983 graduate of Rosemark High School, Coach Kent Cates is in his 10th year as a class room teacher with 17 years in the medical industry in engineering and sales/marketing. His coaching experience includes 5 years of coaching girls high school basketball and 13 years of coaching baseball.
Coach Cates graduated from State Technical Institute in 1988 with an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and from the University of Memphis in 1992 with Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology. After leaving his very successful career in the medical industry of which he was involved in the development of cutting-edge technology for “traumatic injury”, Cates went back to Arkansas State University to obtain his Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership so that he could join the world of education.
Cates brings years of coaching experience with him from coaching competitive baseball, high school basketball, and high school baseball. His years as a high school coach he was a part of the coaching staff that went to the regional and state tournament in high school baseball.
Coach Cates has been married to Laurie Warren Cates since 1989 and they have two sons, Tyler and Larson and one daughter-in-law, Hannah.
MHS Cougar Coaches
Scott Yount - Head Varsity Coach
Garrett Perry - Assistant Varsity Coach
Kent Cates - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Spence Cousar - Assistant Varsity Coach
Jon Morganelli - Head JV Coach
Get To Know Our Head Coach:
A 1988 graduate of Kirby High School, Coach Scotty Yount is in his 10th year as a classroom teacher and 18th year of coaching high school baseball; 13 years as an assistant- Olive Branch High School (4 years), Memphis University School (4 years), Bolton High School (5 years) and now in his 5th year as a head coach- 2 years at Bolton HS and in his 3rd at Munford.
Coach Yount attended Shelby State for 1 year on baseball scholarship transferring to McKendree University in Lebanon, IL on a baseball scholarship where he was a 3-year starter and graduated in 1993 with degrees in Sociology and Speech Communications. He was also elected to Who’s Who Among Students in Universities and Colleges. His role as co-coordinator of McKendree’s New Student Orientation played a major role in this national honor. Leaving a career in logistics, Yount went back to the University of Memphis to obtain his teaching degree in Physical Education. He believes he has found his calling as a teacher and coach at the high school level.
Yount also brings coaching experience with him from coaching competitive baseball in the Memphis Tigers baseball organization. He has served on the Memphis Boys Athletic Association as a board member since 2003. In his years as a 14-year-old competitive coach with the Tigers, Yount won an American Amateur Baseball Congress National Championship in 1997, a runner up in 1999, and in 2000 a National Amateur Baseball Federation National Championship.
Yount’s high school coaching career accomplishments include:
2004 North Half State Championship with Olive Branch High School
2006 State Championship Semi-Final game with MUS for the first time in school history
2014 Region Championship with Bolton High School
2017 State Tournament with Munford for the first time since 2001.
Yount also won 13-AAA District Coach of the Year in 2016 and Sectional Coach of the Year in 2017. Yount says, “baseball has just been my lifestyle as far back as I can remember”.
Coach Yount has been married to Claudia Furniss Yount since 2007 and they have 2 sons, Houston 10 and Jackson 6.
Coach Garrett Perry is a 2010 graduate
of Brighton High School, and is in his
4th year of coaching high school
baseball full time, with coaching stops
at Brighton High School (2016) ,
Ripley High School (2016) and in his
2nd year at Munford High School.
During his prep career, Coach Perry
was a 3 year varsity pitcher, including
All District Team/All District Tournament
Team in 2009 and 2010.
Upon graduation, Coach Perry attended Jackson State Community College on baseball scholarship, before continuing his academic and athletic career at Bethel University. In 2015, he was named to the Southern States Athletic Conference All Conference Team, and the 2014/2015 Bethel Pitcher of the Year. In 2015 Coach Perry graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.
A 2002 graduate of Munford High School, Coach Morganelli is in his 10th year coaching Munford Baseball with 15 years in manufacturing of medical devices. His coaching experience includes eight years at Munford Middle, which he was an assistant for three years and the head coach for the remaining five years, the last two years he has been on the coaching staff at Munford High School.
Coach Morganelli attended Dyersburg State Community College for two years before receiving a degree in Machine Tool from Tennessee Technology Center of Memphis. He is currently a CNC Programmer of medical devices for one of the fastest growing medical devices manufactures in the midsouth. Coach Morganelli began coaching from the start of the Munford Middle Baseball program and has been a part of Munford Baseball ever since. Since coaching at the high school level, he has been on the coaching staff that advanced to the regional and state tournament.
Coach Morganelli married Paige Elizabeth Morganelli in Feb 2018.
Coach Cousar is a 1991 graduate of MHS and a lifelong resident of South Tipton County. This his 5th year coaching at the high school level. Previous coaching experience includes Munford Middle School (3 seasons) and competitive youth baseball (10 seasons) as well as youth soccer and basketball.
Coach Cousar played in multiple TN state tournaments representing Munford baseball both in Dixie Youth (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988) and at Munford High School (1990, 1991). MHS’s 1990 team was the TSSAA-AAA runner-up with a 34-3 record, winning a school record 33 straight games along the way. MHS’s 1991 team finished as the TSSAA-AAA State Champions with a 29-1 record and a USA Today national ranking of #8. After high school, Coach Cousar attended both Lambuth University (2 season) and Christian Brothers University (1 season) on baseball scholarships, graduating in 1997 from CBU with a BS in Chemical Engineering and earning an MBA from the University of Memphis in 2003. After his baseball career was over, Cousar collected one North America Fastpitch Association title (2011), 2 American Softball Association fast pitch national runner-ups (2003, 2011) and was selected as a NAFA/ASA All-American (1999, 2000, 2003, 2008).
Coach Cousar has been married to his wife Jeanne since 1998. They have 2 sons, Austin 20 and Blake 16. Austin is studying Engineering at the University of Arkansas and played baseball 4 years at MHS, leading his team to a state playoff berth his senior season (2017) while pitching and playing shortstop. Blake participates in MHS’s nationally renown marching band that will participate in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade.