Don Batie – Chico, CA
Men’s Soccer Coach – 1967-1995
Assistant Track Coach – 1967-1974
Associate Athletic Director – 1989-1994
Athletic Director – 1995-2002


Don Batie retired this year after completing his seventh year as director for the university’s Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports program and in the past his name was synonymous with men’s soccer at Chico State.

During his tenure as athletic director, Don has seen a number of major projects completed, including Nettleton Stadium, University Soccer Stadium, University Softball Field, and new seating and flooring in Acker Gym. Don also was instrumental in moving the athletic program into the California Collegiate Athletic Association, and starting the athletic scholarship program at Chico State. Don served five years on the Executive Council, two years on the Executive Board of Directors, and was president of the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 2000-2001.

Prior to his position of director of athletics, Don served as associate athletic director for six years, assisting with athletic administration and department fundraising.

Don has always had a love affair with sports. He started in youth sports at age six and continued with a very successful high school and college-playing career. He was an All-State running back in high school football, and won the state championship in the pole vault both his junior and senior years, breaking the state record each time. Don accepted a track scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico where he set the school and conference record in the pole vault. Don suffered a career ending knee injury his junior year that turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it brought him back to the sport he really loved, soccer. He played two years on the UNM soccer team and assisted the team during his graduate year under the guidance of coaching great, Dr. Frank Papsy.

Before stepping down as Chico State’s head soccer coach in 1995, Don had been coaching soccer since 1964 when he was an assistant at the University of New Mexico. He served as head coach and head track coach at College of Santa Fe in 1965 and 1966 prior coming to Chico State.

In 1967 he was hired at Chico State as the head soccer and assistant track coach, a role he performed through 1974. He compiled an impressive record of 326-153-45 in 28 seasons as the Wildcats’ soccer coach. Chico State won 15 conference championships during is tenure and went to the NCAA tournament 12 times. His teams went to the Final Four on four occasions.

At the time of his retirement, Don has the third most wins among all NCAA Division II men’s soccer coaches. His coaching efforts and talents have not gone unnoticed. He recorded his 300th collegiate career victory in 1993 and was presented with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Letter of Commendation in 1994. Also, as one of the co-founders of Chico Youth Soccer League, Don was instrumental in getting youth soccer started in the North Valley.

In the seventies Don took a leave of absence from Chico State to coach professional soccer. He coached the San Antonio Thunder of the North American Soccer League during the 1975 and 1976 seasons. Don was fortunate to coach several world class players including England’s Caption Bobby Moore who was considered to be one of the best in the world. One of the highlights of Don’s career was when Pele gave Don his game shirt after San Antonio beat the New York Cosmos in 1976.

Don now plans to do what is most important to him: spend time with his family. He and his wife Merle will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this year. They are proud parents of three children; Carey, Lindy, and Donnie and seven grandchildren; Jessica, Tylyn, Summer, Dylan, Doug, Emma, and Justin.