Jun 9, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterNew RHS grid coach Patterson hires staff, takes Wolverines to camp in South Dakota
To say that new Riverton Wolverine football coach Pat Patterson's first two weeks at the helm of his team have been busy may be an understatement.
Since being offered the job on May 22, Patterson has come to Riverton from American Falls, Idaho, met the school board, interviewed and hired his entire coaching staff, and practiced with his Wolverine football team --all before taking the team to football camp at Black Hills State University last Sunday through Wednesday.
"We took 31 kids to camp. We went in with about one full day of practice. We were putting stuff in as we were there. We had about five running plays and four or five pass plays, and the kids did real well. I've brought in some unbalanced formation stuff, and we did a lot of spread stuff that Riverton did last year. The kids had fun, and we competed really well. All things considered, we held our own against everybody," Patterson said.
Assistants coaches hired
Prior to leaving for camp, Patterson interviewed prospective coaches and has extended offers to Beau Sheets as offensive coordinator, Randy Weber as defensive coordinator, Brandon Giddings, Jeff Motisi, Derek Watson, Tyler Watson, Keith Brauneis and Levi Wille according to RHS activities director Jeremy Hill.
Besides Brauneis and Wille, all of the other rehired assistant coaches were part of head coach Jeremy McCormick's staff last season. McCormick resigned under pressure May 2 after deciding to not rehire three of his assistants and after four more had resigned.
"I wanted to find a staff of the best guys I could find. They are dedicated to Riverton football, and it is hard to overlook that. They really, really want to be here. They know a lot of football, and that is a huge plus for me and a luxury I have not had in the other places I have been. To a man, the assistants I have are knowledgeable and motivated. I am excited. We are going forward and getting better," Patterson said.
Patterson will now begin the process of moving his family to Riverton. The veteran coach is married and has seven children, two of whom will play with the Wolverines this fall.
"I want to get things settled here (in American Falls). If things fall into place, we would like to do some camps for our (Riverton) kids. Get some seven-on-seven in the evening, and throw some routes after workout," Patterson said.
Patterson also hopes that his players will be faithful to their summer weight workouts.
"We got back from camp Wednesday evening and had 22 kids in the weight room Thursday morning," Patterson said.
Sights already on Powell
The Wolverines will open their season with a week-zero
scrimmage game against Worland and will play defending Class 3-A state champion Powell on the road in their first regular season game Sept. 6.
"Worland is our first scrimmage/game. It's a game but doesn't count kind of thing. We'll prepare for Powell even though we're playing Worland. We won't show Worland anything, because Powell will see that game," Patterson said.
Patterson said official practice begins for the Wolverines on Aug. 19.
"I'm probably more excited today (than two weeks ago when he was offered the job). I got to spend some time with the kids and have got to know them. They are great kids. They are motivated and excited. I'm stepping into a pretty good situation," Patterson said.
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