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New football coach at Orange Glen

12/19/2013, 5:29pm PST
By John Maffei

Patriots Athletic Director Jason Patterson to take over program.

The Orange Glen football program has struggled to remain competitive in recent years.

Orange Glen has a new head football coach, and it's a familiar face.

Patriots defensive coordinator Jason Patterson, who is also the school's athletic director, was named Thursday to replace Kris Plash.

Plash resigned earlier after seven seasons and a 19-51-1 record.

"I'm excited to get going," Patterson, 43, said. "We have good kids here. The big thing I want to do is change the attitude, get things going in a positive direction.

"The big thing we're going to focus on is attitude.

"We've got a lot of work to do, but I want these kids to believe."

This is Patterson's first football head-coaching job.

He has served as an assistant under Rob Gilster at OG and later and Valley Center before moving back to Orange Glen in a 19-year coaching career.

Patterson has been a head wrestling coach.

"I've been fortunate to work with Rob Gilster, Dave Lay, Randy Cowell ... great coaches and respected guys," Patterson said.

Patterson said he'll keep his job as athletic director and will start interviewing potential assistant coaches after the holiday break.

"Some of the people on staff now will stay, some will go," Patterson said.

While OG had several inquiries about the job, all the candidates who were interviewed were on staff.

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