Over the past decade, the Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team has won more than 80 percent of its games.
The leader behind that success, coach Bryan Patton, stepped down March 14, according to athletics director Duane Sheldon.
Under Patton, the Shamrocks went 188-41 in nine seasons and made the program’s only state tournament appearance in 2013-14. He served the school’s junior varsity boys coach for five seasons before taking over the girls program before the start of the 2009-10 season.
“I’ve been truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to lead the Lady Rocks basketball program,” Patton said. “Although it’s very difficult to step away, I’m looking forward to an exciting time in my life with my wife, Erin, and my three amazing little girls.”
A 1998 Westerville South graduate, Patton took a leave of absence in 2015-16 after the birth of one of his daughters. His father, Randy, guided the team to a 23-4 finish that season.
Coffman then went 25-3 with a Division I regional runner-up finish in 2016-17 and 24-2 with a district runner-up finish in 2017-18. This season, the Shamrocks went 22-3 and lost to Gahanna 75-72 in a district semifinal.
In 2016-17, when Patton led Coffman to a program-record 25 wins, he was named District 10 Coach of the Year. He also was named league Coach of the Year five times, including this season.
The Shamrocks are losing a senior class led by guard Jacy Sheldon, an Ohio State signee and a three-time district Player of the Year honoree who averaged 28.2 points this season and finished as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 2,347 points.
Coffman’s second-leading scorer this season, sophomore guard Imarianah Russell (17 points per game), and junior guard Juliana Burris (9.0 ppg) should be the top returnees next season.
“The program is in great shape and I have no doubt the winning tradition we’ve helped establish will continue at Coffman,” Patton said. “I want to thank all the Lady Rocks basketball fans, parents, administrators, players and coaches, especially my assistant, Matt Mitchell, and my dad, Randy Patton, for an incredible experience.”