Coach Gaters Bio
Coach Gaters has the distinction of being the coach with the most wins in the State of Illinois with 960 - 159 career victories. She has also won 8 State Championships with more than 20 state finishes. She is a member of 5 Hall of Fames including the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in Nashville Tennessee. Coach Gaters was honored for her work with youth at the White House Ceremony by President Bill Clinton.
Marshall High School has produced 18 high school All-Americans and 5 WNBA Players including former Rutgers Big East Player of the Year Cappie Pondexter. In the summer of 2008 she was a member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team that won the Gold Medal in Beijing, China.
Sports Illustrated picked Marshall at number 13th in the Nation for its sports programs. The Marshall Boys and Girls have the distinction of winning the 2008 3A Basketball Championship. This is only the second time in the history of the Illinois High School Association that this has occurred.
Coach Dorothy L. Gaters, Created The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Classic National Basketball Shoot-Out with ten girl's teams in 2001. The purpose of this event is to honor Dr. King each year on his Birthday weekend through wholesome competition.
The MLK Dream Classic has grown each year in national recognition. The Classic started: The 2010 classic will feature 66 teams: 64 traditional high school teams and two elementary teams. Eddie Oliver from HoopsUSA.com calls it "one of the best events in the country". Hundreds of boys and girls will compete; every team will have one or more outstanding player(s). A phenomenal and energetic drum line will perform on Saturday, January 16th, 2012.