FOOTBALL: Taylor names Patchett as next coach

Mar. 16—The next Taylor Titans football coach sees a team with untapped potential.

That was Rob Patchett's impression after seeing the Titans on film.

"The potential is greater than what people give it credit for," he said.

Now, he'll get a chance to mold the players into what he thinks they can be.

The Taylor School Board approved Patchett as the next Titans football coach Wednesday. He replaces Josh Ousley, who had a 5-33 record in his second stint as the Titans' coach. He was 22-42 in his first stint (2005-10).

Patchett comes to Taylor after three seasons at Northwestern. The Tigers posted a 5-24 record with him at the helm.

He'll look to turn around a Titans program that has not had a winning season since 2008.

Patchett is looking to get started immediately. Patchett and Taylor Athletic Director Bob Wonnell were heard discussing when the new coach could come to the high school to meet with players and introduce himself.

"One of my big goals is to get more kids participating," Patchett said.

That includes middle schoolers, too.

To do so, Patchett intends to cultivate an atmosphere that feels like family. Community service and team bonding events like sledding and going to haunted houses are all things the coach has done with past teams.

"We want to make playing football at Taylor High School one of the most amazing experiences," Patchett said. "Our goal is to make them better humans and young men."

The coach intends to hold summer camps and practices and get players in the weightroom earlier.

Patchett has a 50-72 career record as a head coach. He had stints at Edgewood (2002-03) and Indianapolis Arlington (2004-10). He was an assistant at Westfield and Zionsville before going to Northwestern.

"I think he's going to be a shot in the arm," Wonnell said. "We felt like his personality, swagger, as you will, is what we need."

Superintendent Steve Dishon said a hiring committee, which included a parent and two students, helped make the decision to hire Patchett.

Spencer Durham can be reached at 765-454-8598, by email at or on Twitter at @Durham_KT.