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Monte Cater


Monte Cater

Inducted 2023

Date of Birth



Shelbyville, IL


Shepherd University (1987-2017)

Lakeland University (1981-1986)


Monte Cater retired following the 2017 season as the nation's winningest active football coach among all NCAA levels. Cater earned wins in more than 70 percent of his games and notched a total of 275 victories over 37 years. Cater's teams made 13 postseason appearances during his career and appeared 16 times in the final national rankings. In 2015, he led Shepherd to the Division II championship game. His teams claimed three Super Region One titles, and Shepherd led the nation in rush defense from 2011-2014. He coached 24 First Team All-America players. Named conference coach of the year 13 times during his career, he won at least a share of 17 conference titles, giving him the most victories and coaching titles in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) history. His teams went undefeated in conference play 11 times, and he coached 182 First Team All-Conference players. Cater had only four losing seasons in his 31 years at Shepherd, and he posted winning records during each of his final 14 years with the Rams. He posted six undefeated regular seasons, including his last three from 2015-17, and his 245-93-1 (.724) record in 31 seasons at Shepherd makes him the winningest coach in school history. Prior to coming to Shepherd, Cater led Wisconsin’s Lakeland College Muskies to a 30-24-1 record in six seasons, winning three conference titles in his last four seasons, while garnering Coach of the Year honors twice.


Wins 275

Losses 117

Ties 2

Career Highlights

  • 2013 MEC Coach of the Year (4x)
  • 2005 AFCA District Coach of the Year
  • 1991 WVIAC Coach of the Year (8x)
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