For those who have kept up with Upson-Lee sports in 2011-2012, the names Steve Patterson and Steve Chafin should sound pretty familiar. For their exceptional coaching on the Knights football team and track team, they have been named The Thomaston Times Coaches of the Year.
Coach Steve Chafin is the Knights Defensive Coordinator for the Upson-Lee football team, and Coach Steve Patterson is the Secondary Coach for the team. Under these two coaches’ tutelage, the Knights defense only allowed 14.9 points per game, after allowing 27.9 points per game in 2010. School records were broken this season on defense, including a four-interception game from Dexter Reviere, a corner in Coach Patterson’s secondary.
Months after the football season ended, these two coaches began to work with the Upson-Lee track team. Coach Patterson is the head coach of the Knights track and field team, and Coach Chafin specialized in the Knights’ sprint, hurdles, and relay events.
With Patterson and Chafin at the helm of the Knights track team, the Knights continued to set even more records, including a school record for times in the 200m, 110m hurdles, and 4x100m relay team. The 4x100m relay team finished second in the state, running a new school record time of 41.73 seconds. Corey Moss also set a schoolrecord in 110m hurdles, finishing 13th in the state with a time of 15.33 seconds, while Jared Jordan broke the school record in the 200m with a time of 21.67 seconds.
Because of their ability to reach athletes on a personal level, and get the best out of their players, the Knights football team is beginning to be known for a stifling defense, and the Knights track team has gained state notoriety.
Congratulations to The Thomaston Times 2011-2012 Coaches of the Year, Steve Patterson and Steve Chafin.