MIAMI, OK — Northeastern A&M Junior College is looking for a head football coach again. Dale Patterson, who returned the program to its winning ways in just two seasons, announced his resignation Tuesday morning.
Patterson said he will remain athletic director. He resigned as football coach because “I feel (it) is best for me and my family. The hardest part was telling my players and coaches. I am very proud of these young men, and they have worked so hard to achieve so much over a short amount of time.”
Patterson, who has been in coaching for 43 years, will coach the Golden Norse in the Citzens Bank Bowl game Dec. 2 in Pittsburg, Kan. NEO (9-2) will play College of DuPage (8-2). NEO is in its first bowl game since 2005. The program went into a 27-39, three-coach slide after that season, but a revival started two years ago when Patterson returned to the school for a second stint as head coach.
NEO football is 72-34 under Patterson, who will turn 66 in December.
“Coach Patterson has accomplished exactly what I asked him to do 18 months ago when we visited about his return to coach the NEO football team,” said school president Jeff Hale. “He's been a winner at every level during his career and has re-established NEO as a national title contender. He and I will work closely together as we seek to find a new head coach who can continue the momentum that he has built.”
Hale said he hopes a new head coach is in place by Jan. 1.