Former NW Rankin coach remembered - - Jackson, MS

Former NW Rankin coach remembered

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A memorial service for David Coates was held Monday morning at Pinelake Church in Brandon.

Coates was athletic director and coach at Northwest Rankin High School.

He was arrested in March 2011 in an undercover operation that authorities said dismantled a major drug organization.

His son and daughter, Patrick and Mary Alice Coates, also were arrested who are both serving time on charges involving the drug MDMA.

David Coates was scheduled for trial in August, but died of a heart attack on June 28, his 57th birthday.

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