Tom Kates earned his B.A. in history at the University of Virginia. He has taught AP European History, American History, World History, and a Vietnam era elective at both Pace Academy and the Haverford School. He has also served as head varsity lacrosse coach at Pace and was an assistant coach for the number one ranked high school team in the nation at Haverford. He is a graduate of St. Paul's School where he served as a dorm proctor and was co-captain of the varsity lacrosse and soccer teams.