Holy Name High School is pleased to announce that Craig Patton has been named the head varsity ice hockey coach. Patton will take the program over from Tim Sullivan, and will assume all head coaching duties immediately.
Prior to Holy Name, Patton was the head ice hockey coach at Cleveland State University. He also was the assistant head coach and eventually the head coach at Olmsted Falls High School from 1997-2004. Along with experience at both the high school and collegiate levels, Patton has served as a head coach in the Parma, Brooklyn, Rocky River and Strongsville youth hockey leagues.
“I could not be more excited to be the head coach of this program,” said Patton. “The seniors are a very tight group of young men, and their leadership will be important to our success this season. We have a talented group of underclassmen as well, so I cannot wait to start the offseason program. The students at Holy Name are very passionate about their teams, and I am extremely excited to be a part of Namer Nation.”
Patton also said that Jason Dickey will be joining his coaching staff. Dickey is an assistant coach for Team Ohio’s 18-and-under team, which recently won a national title at the Chipotle-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 18U National Championships. “Having Jason Dickey on my staff is really going to make this special. He is a phenomenal hockey mind and a great guy,” said Patton.
Aside from coaching, Patton is a Local 38 journeyman electrician who works for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. He and his wife of 20 years, Jena, have two children, 17-year-old McKena and 14-year-old Nolan.
Athletic Director Richard Kozub ’01 said, “I am very excited to have Coach Craig Patton as our new ice hockey coach. He brings with him a tremendous amount of hockey experience, a passion for Holy Name, and the desire to teach our young men to be high character leaders both on and off the ice. This is an addition that will not only help Holy Name ice hockey be an elite program in the state, but also benefit Holy Name as an institution.”