Notie Pate was a three-sport standout at Memorial Hall High School. He played basketball for Ken Haynes at New Mexico State, then a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, and battled such collegiate stars as Larry Bird of Indiana State and Maurice Cheeks of West Texas State
“We played Indiana State five times and beat them once, “ he recalls. The Aggies finished second to Indiana State during Bird’s senior season, posting a 2-10 record. Pate, during his four-year career (1975-79) at the Las Cruces, New Mexico school, averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds a game. He was a starting forward his junior and senior years.
Notie, now a successful businessman in Las Cruces, is married to the former Cindy Cochran, daughter of Russ and Connie Cochran of Joplin. They have two children, Brandon, a graduate of Pittsburg State University and an All-MIAA performer, and daughter, Jordan, age 13.
He played tight end and flanker for the Memorial Eagles under head coach Phil Collins. Notie caught 32 passes for 557 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, and rushed 13 times for 59 yards and completed his only pass attempt for 35 yards and a touchdown. He was invited to try out as a wide receiver by the Dallas Cowboys after his senior season at New Mexico State.
The 6’4”, 195-pound Pate averaged in double figures for the basketball Eagles of Coach Mike O’ Rourke and was a dominant force on the boards.
Pate also excelled in track, winning the state triple jump championship as a senior. He also competed in the hurdles, high jump, and mile relay events.