Born: 1962 (British Columbia)
Died: January 9, 2015 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Shawn Coates was the executive director of Football Manitoba, as well as a well-known photojournalist who covered sports in Winnipeg for such clients as USA Today.
Coates worked as a communications and marketing director for the University of Winnipeg before becoming a publicist for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2000 to 2004. He was director of football operations for the CFL for several years, producing a dress code, a sidelines policy, and a code of conduct for the league.
He was a regular presence as a photographer at Winnipeg Jets hockey games, Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball games, and all sporting events involving the University of Manitoba Bisons. His photos appeared in the Toronto Sun, La Presses, and the Winnipeg Free Press, as well as such local publications as The Huddle and Manitoba Hockey News.