By Jake Weese ’18
Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame Coach, Greg Patterson, has come out of retirement and is back on the sidelines coaching the Randolph Middle School football team.
Coach Greg Patterson, a Huntsville native, joins Randolph this year as the new head coach of the middle school football team. Coach Patterson has deep ties to the community; he attended Lee High School and played quarterback during the 1960’s. After high school, he received his degree from North Alabama.
After graduation, Coach Patterson coached at various schools from 1974 to 2002, spending the bulk of it at Huntsville High (18 seasons). Coach Patterson is the winningest coach in Huntsville High’s history with 104 victories. In 2002 Coach Patterson was inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. In that same year, he retired from coaching to become the Executive Director of the Huntsville Sports Commission. In 2007, he left that position to assume the role of the Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Huntsville. Coach Patterson retired briefly from 2015 to 2017 when he decided to return to football as the Head Coach of the Randolph Middle School football team.
Athletic Director Blake Davenport had this to say “We couldn’t be more excited to have a coaching legend like Coach Patterson as part of our program. I met Coach Patterson two years ago and we’ve been trying our best to get him involved. After spending much of last spring substitute teaching for us, he agreed to join our football staff. He has used football to teach far more than Xs and Os over the years which is exactly what Coach Flanagan and his staff do so well so he’s a great fit that we can all learn from.”
Coach Flanagan also spoke highly of Coach Patterson, “Coach Patterson brings a lot of experience to the middle school program; He knows any and everyone and does a great job of connecting with the kids and parents.”
Coach Patterson’s coaching philosophy is simple. “High school and middle school athletics are an integral part of the school experience and we want this to be a positive experience for each player. We are attempting to prepare these young men for the varsity program. Fundamentals and terminology will be our emphasis.”
We welcome Coach Patterson to Randolph!
The Middle School football team play in a jamboree August 28 in Guntersville. First home game is Sept 5 vs. Westminster.