Patterson steps down at El Molino

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Citing increased work demands and a desire to spend more time with his family, Eugene Patterson has resigned as varsity basketball coach at El Molino High School.
In four years, Patterson’s teams had a 22-81 record.

Eugene Patterson is stepping down as El Molino boys basketball coach after four seasons. Press Democrat file photo

“It was a difficult decision,” Patterson said. “My years at El Molino were rewarding and I will cherish the friendships I made, especially with my players and their families.
“However, my primary job plus a desire to be involved in the lives of my sons … made it impossible for me to put in the time necessary to continue coaching.”

Patterson, an assistant vice president at Exchange Bank, has two sons (Donovan, 5 and Brandon, 2). After playing for Cardinal Newman and Holy Names College, he began his coaching career by spending seven years on the Cardinals’ staff.

“My oldest is playing now and I want to be there like my father was for me,” Patterson said.
Athletic director Mike Roan said Patterson will be missed.
“Eugene brought energy to our program and had a positive impact,” Roan said. “He is a respected member of our community.”

Patterson joins a growing list of Redwood Empire coaches that have resigned in recent months. Among those are Dustin Davis (Windsor football) and Nancy Williams (Analy volleyball). Roan, who played in the NFL, stepped down as El Molino football coach but continues as athletic director.

It’s safe to say no one has had to deal with finding more new coaches than Roan.
In the past year, El Molino lost head coaches in the following boys varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football and tennis. Girls’ basketball and soccer had vacancies as well as coed track and field.

“I think the economy is one of the reasons for the turnover,” said Roan, who is in his second year as athletic director. “Most of the coaches we had were off-campus, not teachers.

“From what some of the off-campus coaches told me, they have to put in more time on their primary jobs because of the way things are. Not many teachers in our district want to coach, so we have to look for people to come in and apply for the jobs. It’s a difficult situation.”

Roan can be reached at mroan.ehs@wscuhsd.k12.ca.us by those wishing to apply for the basketball position.