After five seasons on the Northwest Texans’ sidelines, head coach Bill Patterson is leaving.
Patterson, who led the Texans to three playoff appearances, accepted the head football coaching job at Sherman Monday.
“I feel like Sherman is a place you can go and have a chance to win a state championship,” Patterson said Monday night. “They have good players and a tradition of having good football teams.”
Patterson added that he was drawn by the fact that Sherman is a “one-school town.”
Northwest ISD currently has two high schools and is building a third.
Patterson takes over a Sherman team that went 4-6 last season and missed the playoffs. He replaces Gary Joe Kinne.
Sherman will be a 5A school, sharing District 10 with Denison, McKinney, McKinney North, Lovejoy, Prosper, Wylie and Wylie East. Northwest will be in the new Class 6A.
Patterson leaves Northwest with a record of 23-30. After his first squad went winless in 2009, he guided the Texans to the playoffs in 2010. The Texans went 8-3 the past two seasons and lost in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs.
“We’re the only team to go back-to-back to the playoffs,” he said. “It’s been a great five years. I’ve enjoyed working with Coach [Susan] Elza (Northwest ISD Executive Director of Athletics) and the staff here. I had two kids graduate from Northwest. It’ll always be a special place.”
Under Patterson, the Texans dominated the Keller schools the past two years, going 7-1.
“The credit goes to the players,” he said. “We’ve had a great group of kids to work with.”
Elza gave praise to Patterson for his work in the district.
“To me, he changed the culture of football at Northwest,” she said. “He’s taken it to a level it’s never been at. We’re appreciative of his efforts.
“The only thing we fell short of was winning that first playoff game. That’s the goal going into next year.”
Elza said she talked with Northwest football players Tuesday.
“I told them there’s no plan to take a step backwards,” she said.
With spring practice slated to begin April 22, Elza said the district will look to get a new coach in place soon.
“We will try to get it in by the April 14 board meeting,” she said.
The district posted the opening Tuesday and will accept resumes from candidates through Friday. Elza said she plans to start the interviewing process with four to six candidates next week.