In selecting Bob Patton as its new varsity basketball coach, Solon High School has underscored its commitment to a winning tradition and excellence on and off the court for its student athletes. Patton, who coached and teaches at Westlake High School, will replace Sean Fisher, who resigned as Solon’s head coach this year to spend more time with his young family.
Patton has coached the varsity basketball and golf teams at Westlake since 2007. Prior to that he was head varsity coach for both sports at Kenston High School, serving as head basketball coach from 2002-2007. In addition, he was an assistant basketball coach at Dublin Coffman and Mount Pleasant high schools.
The Solon Board of Education approved Patton’s hiring at today’s board meeting.
“Bob Patton has an impressive record as a varsity coach,” said Solon Comets’ Athletic Director Mark McGuire. “We think his record as a successful coach and player in his own right makes him a perfect fit for our Solon basketball community. We also want to take this opportunity to thank Sean Fisher for his dedication to our program and our student athletes.”
Patton played college basketball at Stanford and was a standout during the team’s NIT championship year, 1991, and its NCAA tournament run in 1992.
“I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to play for and coach with some of the best basketball people in the state of Ohio and throughout the country,” Patton said. “In both instances as a head coach, I took programs to levels they had previously not reached with a short period of time. My teams have always achieved more than what was expected due to hard work and discipline. My players learn more than just basketball skills; they will be prepared for their toughest challenge, their life.”
Patton earned a bachelor’s in political science from Stanford in 1995 and a master’s in teaching from Kent State University in 1997. He will continue in his teaching role at Westlake.
“We are very excited about the addition of Bobby Patton to our athletic department,” said Solon High School Principal Erin Short. “Bob is a proven winner, who has experience developing programs. I am confident he will help us get ‘to the next level.’”