Browning resigns as Patton’s football coach

Browning resigns as Patton’s football coach; Shehan named interim
Posted on 07/03/2020
Morganton, NC – Thursday, July 2, 2020

Patton High School Principal Sara LeCroy announces head football coach Jonathan Browning has resigned his position as head coach. Browning announced he was stepping down to the football team via a Zoom meeting Thursday evening. LeCroy has named Eric Shehan as the interim football coach. Browning, who has been the head coach since June 2018, will remain at the school as a teacher and as the head baseball coach.

LeCroy said, “Although we are disappointed about Coach Browning’s decision to step down from football, we understand the significant time commitment that being a head coach of multiple sports requires. This will enable Coach Browning to return his full focus to baseball which will be great for those players, as well as his family. We are so appreciative of all Coach Browning has done for our football program.”

Patton Athletic Director Jeff Williams said, “On behalf of the entire Patton community and faculty, we would like to thank Coach Browning and his staff for their dedication and commitment to our football program and the development of our young men. We wish nothing but the best for Coach Browning and his family in their future endeavors.”

Shehan, who has been an assistant football coach at Patton for the past nine years, will lead in-person workouts with the team starting Monday as Burke County athletes return to the training field under regulations due to COVID-19. He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to lead the Patton football team, especially under these unique circumstances. He said, “As the interim head coach, it is my goal to motivate players to show up, get involved and get into better shape. I have been with the rising seniors for three years, and have a good rapport with them. I am familiar with each player's strengths and abilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled spring football and limited summer workouts. It is important for the players to attend as many workouts as possible. They need to prepare for the 2020 season and the changes that the new head coach will bring.”

Shehan is from Morganton and a graduate of Freedom High School. He is a science teacher at Patton and the head boys lacrosse coach. He received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and will complete his master’s in School Administration from there in August.
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