About Us


The mission of the Coach Tate Foundation is to provide scholarships, leadership development, and character building through innovative educational opportunities with a focus on sports, music, and art for children. The Coach Tate Foundation seeks to mentor and positively influence children and young adults through a variety of opportunities.


The Community Education In Sports, Arts & Music (CEI-SAM) Event is an annual day of fun that provides an opportunity for youth, ages 5-18, to experience NFL players and college coaches, artists and musicians.  The 2021 event will be June 25th & 26th in Asheville, NC.  

John Tate Memorial Scholarship

A $1,000 college scholarship was established in Coach Tates name shortly after his death in 2010. The scholarship is awarded to a senior who shows outstanding athletic ability, who cares about others, and is interested in serving the community. Go to the John Tate Memorial Scholarship tab to learn more about the most recent recipient of the John Tate Memorial Scholarship and to help fund future scholarships for deserving student athletes!


Phrantceena Halres, John Tates oldest daughter, founded the Coach Tate Foundation (formerly the Johnny Thomas Tate Sr. Student Education/Athletic Association). Having learned first-hand from her father the reward and benefits of hard work, Ms. Halres is a successful business woman and accomplished philanthropist in her own right. She is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Coach Tate National Protection Services (CTNPS), headquartered in Asheville, NC, which is the first and only minority and woman-owned nuclear safety and security services corporation in the Nation. CTNPS is a company that provides a comprehensive scope of high-threat/close proximity security services to the countries critical infrastructures, with heavy focus on US nuclear energy facilities.


Ms. Halres holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science from Wingate University and completed additional studies in International Business Administration in London, England and Paris, France. She successfully completed the certification program at Kellogg Graduate School of Management Advanced Management Education Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She also served the NC Community College system as an Instructor for three years.3

Prior to entering the nuclear safety and security business, Ms. Halres owned and operated a human resources company in Asheville, Raleigh, and Charlotte since 1986. Because the most important aspect of providing nuclear safety and security industry is hiring the most qualified people, Ms. Halres found her years of HR experience transitioned naturally to the security services industry.

Ms. Halres has served on the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development since 2005 under two NC gubernatorial administrations. She also serves on the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Suppliers Advisory Committee. In 2011 Ms. Halres was appointed to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce board of directors for a three-year term and this summer represented The Chamber in London for the 2012 Charlotte to London Inter-City Visit. Recognized in 2011 as one of the 50 Most Influential Women by the Mecklenburg Times, Ms. Halres was honored by the Charlotte Business Journal this year as one of the regional top 25 women in business.

Future Vision

Ms. Halres immediately began making a difference with the Coach Tate Foundation following her fathers passing in 2010. Through the first Coach Tate Scholarship that was awarded in 2010 and the first annual CEI-SAM event held for 200 youth in June 2011, Ms. Halres immediate remembrance of her fathers impact was realized. But the Coach Tate Foundation has bigger plans, as Ms. Halres continues to plan and raise funding for another of her fathers dreams, a sports and arts facility built on a 60-acre campus in Drexel.

Below is an artist’s rendering of the Coach Tate Campus. The campus is designed as a sports, arts, and music facility to focus primarily on helping enrich the lives of children. The annual Coach Tate Foundation Football Camp held in June each year is an example of the many anticipated sports- and arts-related events that will have a long-awaited venue on the Coach Tate campus.












































Click on the link to read about the Coach Tate Campus


Asheville Chamber of Commerce posted an article on November 17, 2020 about Coach Johnny Tate

Contribute to the Coach Tate Charity

You can make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of children by contributing to the Coach Tate Foundation. Contributions can be designated for scholarships, the New America community programs, and the CEI-SAM complex building fund.

Contributions are accepted via PayPal on top right of page or via check made payable to Coach Tate Foundation.  Please make a memo on the check for which area you would like to support.

All contributions are tax deductible and will be acknowledged by the Coach Tate Foundation.

For more information, contact Coach Tate Staff at 904-234-6970

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