Tyler Lee assistant will also be athletic director
KERENS–Ted Patton, a defensive assistant coach at Tyler Lee High School, was named head football coach and athletics director at Kerens during its school board’s Jan. 13 meeting.
“I am beyond excited for Coach Patton to join Kerens ISD,” Superintendent Martin Brumit said. “He brings with him 25 years of coaching experience including athletics director and head football coach. He will hold our students and coaches accountable and will lead them to not only be better athletes, but better men, husbands and fathers. We had over 200 applications, and we got the best coach for the job.”
Kerens held eight interviews Wednesday, Jan. 8 and interviewed its two finalists Friday, Jan. 10, Brumit added.
Patton thanked Brumit, school trustees and the selection committee for his new opportunity. “I’m excited to be here and I’m excited about the possibilities,” Patton said. “Kerens has a tradition and a history of being a successful program and I hope to continue that once I get here and get on board.”
Patton, who graduated from Cisco High School, has been a head coach and athletics director at Rusk and Elysian Fields, the latter of which he led to the state championship game in 2007. Patton was the special teams coordinator at Malakoff in 2016 and 2017, where he was part of the Tigers’ State semifinalist team in his first year. He also coached at Arp.
Patton, who played defensive end at Baylor University under Grant Teaff, also was an All-Conference and All-America selection at Cisco Junior College. Patton was head powerlifting coach at Tyler Lee and has served since 2001 on the executive board of the Texas High School Powerlifting Association, with which he is the state secretary.
The new Kerens coach played defensive end for the Wichita Falls Thunder of the National Indoor Football League in 2004.
Patton and his wife, Jill, have two sons, and the new coach will officially take over his Kerens duties Tuesday, Jan. 21.