Pattee hired as Harlan Community’s next AD
HARLAN (Feb. 28) -- Calling it a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” Davis Pattee on Thursday accepted the position of Harlan Community Schools Activities Director and High School Assistant Principal, pending school board approval.
Pattee, currently the Activities Director at AHSTW, will begin his new duties on July 1, 2019, taking the place of longtime HCHS AD and boys basketball coach Mitch Osborn, who announced his retirement January 18.
Pattee, 32, and his wife Chelsy have three children: Charlotte (aka Charley), a second grader; Jefferson, in kindergarten; and Lillian, who will begin preschool next fall.
Pattee has been employed full time at A-H-S-T, his alma mater, and AHSTW (Avoca-Hancock-Shelby-Tennant-Walnut) since 2010.
After serving as an assistant coach for three years, Pattee has been the Vikings’ head football coach for the last seven seasons, guiding the program to a 61-17 record and seven playoff appearances, including a Class A state runner-up finish this past fall. AHSTW also reached the state semifinals in 2013.
“It’s been a goal of mine to be an administrator and I love athletics and activities, so this is a good opportunity to do this full time,” Pattee said. “Mitch [Osborn] as a mentor is a huge plus, and not only that, the coaching staff and the leadership of activities at Harlan is basically second to none as you look across the state... The expectations and standard of excellence (are) extremely high, so it’s an honor to be part of that.”
In a press release statement, Osborn said he has known Pattee since he was a student-athlete and has also had the opportunity to work with him recently as a fellow Activities Director.
“He has done an outstanding job at AHSTW and I look forward to helping him during the transition,” Osborn said. “He has also done an outstanding job as head football coach, carrying on a great tradition and in fact taking it to a new level.
“Davis Pattee is a difference maker who is a very energetic, passionate and positive young man that will also be able to bring some fresh new ideas to continue the tradition of excellence at Harlan Community.”
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