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Patton names Jonathan Browning as football coach

posted Jun 13, 2018, 3:50 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

Morganton, NC – Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Patton High School Principal Sara LeCroy announces Jonathan Browning is slated to be the Panthers new head football coach. Browning has been an assistant football coach at Patton for six years and has been the school’s head varsity baseball coach for the past five years.


Browning said, “I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to lead this great group of student athletes and coaches. I have loved my time working with the students and being a part of the Patton community. My goal is to be the leader they deserve.”


LeCroy said, “Coach Browning stood out among our applicants for his philosophy, his student-centered beliefs, and his competitive nature. His experience and understanding of our students, school and community will enable him to be an excellent fit in this position and continue to do good things for Patton football.” 


Patton Athletic Director Jeff Williams said, “Coach Browning already has a rapport with our players, and I know our athletes will continue to look up to him and give him and the team their all. He has great experience as a player and as a coach in both football and baseball and is entrenched in the Patton community. I’m excited about the future of Patton football with Coach Browning at the helm.”  


Browning played offensive lineman and linebacker at Freedom High School and was the football team captain in 1993. He also played first base for Freedom’s baseball team. He graduated from Freedom in 1994 and Appalachian State University in 2000. He has been at Patton as a coach and health and PE teacher for seven years. Most recently he was the defensive coordinator for the Patton Panthers football team.


Browning will meet with student athletes at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the auditorium. He said, “I expect them to give maximum effort and have a great attitude. They will be as well prepared as any team we face. We did lose some seniors and had a very good team last year, but because of some injuries last year, some younger guys were able to get valuable playing time so we have some underclassman returning with varsity experience.”


Browning thanked his wife, Greta, and his four children and two stepchildren for their support and being understanding of how much time it takes to be a coach. He also thanked his parents for setting a good example of how by working hard you can achieve your goals.


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “High school academics and athletics go hand-in-hand. Student athletes are important, but our first focus has to be on students and teaching. Coach Browning understands this. With his years of experience, he is a great choice for Patton’s head football coach. I commend Mrs. LeCroy on selecting a local guy who has intentions of staying here. I look forward to the community getting behind Coach Browning and supporting him and the students.”