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Valley board votes not to renew Patrick’s contract

BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC

The Tippecanoe Valley School Board voted not to renew the contract of boys basketball coach Chad Patrick Monday.

The vote on Patrick was 5-0 and part of a larger consent agenda that covered a large swath of personnel moves within the school system.

Patrick had coached Valley since 2017. Valley doubled their win output from the previous season and went 14-10 in 2021-22. The season ended with a 38-33 loss to NorthWood in the Class 3A, Sectional 21 semifinals at Wawasee on March 4.

Valley went 11-1 against Class 1A and Class 2A teams and 3-9 against Class 3A and Class 4A teams.

Valley went 50-68 during Patrick’s tenure. The Vikings did not win a Three Rivers Conference championship during that time, but they did win a sectional title in 2019. That marks the only sectional title Valley has won in any team sport over the last five years.

Patrick thanked “all the Valley people” who supported him and his family in a Facebook post late Monday night.

“I am very sad and disappointed with the Administration and School Board’s decision, but I have no choice but to accept it and move on,” Patrick said. “Our record could have been better over the last five years, but we did win a sectional and we overcame some tough circumstances this last season to have a great year. Every team from the sixth grade on up had a winning record this year, so we have left a great program for the next coach.”

The 2019 sectional championship team included seniors Parkur Dalrymple, Dwight Conley, Wes Melanson, Cam Parker and Jalen Shepherd. They rallied from behind to beat NorthWood in the sectional semifinals and then beat Wawasee on Wawasee’s home floor in the sectional final before a season-ending loss to Delta in a Class 3A regional semifinal at Marion.

Back-to-back losing seasons followed with injuries and pandemic-related quarantines taking a particular toll. The death of guard Brendyn Stump in an auto accident in May 2021 also rocked the program.

With the emergence of first-team all-RTC players Tayde Kiser and Nolan Cumberland, Valley doubled its win total in 2021-22.

They finished third in the TRC with a 7-2 record. Their only losses were to Peru and Maconaquah, the eventual conference co-champs.

“I am very proud of the things we did within the community, with the youth program and how this past year’s team battled thru (sic) losing Brendyn to come together and become a true family!” Patrick added.

But Valley is also 4-16 against NorthWood since the 2006-07 season. Valley and NorthWood have been in the same sectional for 15 consecutive years, and since then, Valley has won two sectional titles while NorthWood has won eight.

The vote not to renew Patrick’s contract presumably ends the Patrick family’s 24-year association with Valley basketball.

After 19 seasons as a Valley assistant, Chad Patrick replaced his father Bill as head coach. Bill Patrick, an Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer who is fourth on the Indiana high school all-time wins list with 765, coached Valley from 1998-2017.

Bill Patrick retired as head coach in 2017, and in a reversal of roles, he then spent the last five seasons as an assistant on his son’s staff.

“Acting upon the recommendation of Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Superintendent Blaine Conley, the TVSC Board of School Trustees voted 5-0 for non-renewal of the TVHS Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach contract for the 2022-23 season at the regular board meeting held on Monday, April 18, 2022,” the board said in a statement emailed to RTC. “The program had compiled a 50-68 overall record (21-25 in the Three Rivers Conference) over the past five seasons.

“TVSC sites (sic) long-term vision, program building and success of our student-athletes as a priority when the available coaching position is posted at TVSC.”

Valley Superintendent Blaine Conley was a one-time assistant coach on Bill Patrick’s staff. Board Vice-President David Lash, a 2006 Valley grad, is a former all-TRC basketball player.


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