(1-8-18) On Saturday Ft. Recovery Girls Head Basketball Coach Brian Patch picked up his 222nd career coaching win on Saturday with a 49-32 win over Van Wert. The win gave him the all-time win total as a head basketball coach at the Fort. Patch’s combined win total comes from coaching both the girls and boys basketball teams over the past 13 years.

Patch during his eleven years as the boys coach (his first head job) won 159 games, since 2014 he was won 63 games coaching the girls.

Patch was hired to take over the boys program in May of 2003,  at that time he was an assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Lake Central High School (St. John, Ind), and had been at that school system since 2000. Before heading to Lake Central, the Portland native had coached freshmen and junior high basketball at Jay County and freshmen basketball at Wes-Del High School in Gaston, Ind.

Head Coach Brian Patch

I have been very fortunate to work with great administration, coaches, players, and parents over my tenure at Fort Recovery. The support of our community, of our school and teams are tremendous making it fun to coach here.
First Varsity Game As A Head Coach
Ironically, in my first varsity game as a coach we traveled to Kalida and took on the all time wins leader in Ohio in Dick Kortokrax. Our bus broke down to the game while it was snowing and we were an hour late to the game. The next day we won our first game against Mississinawa Valley. That was 2003-04 season.
Moments To Remember
Game that stands out the most is our District Finals win over New Bremen in 2009-10 season and the Regional Semi-Finals game vs Dayton Jefferson that same year. We lost in overtime to a team of Adrian Payne (NBA) and Cody Latimer (NFL). This was my best team I have had as we were led by Greg Kahlig (Findlay) and Wade Gelhaus (Saginaw Valley).
Relationships
Some of my great experiences as a coach is the relationships you develop with the players and the opportunity to help them grow as people. Also, the camaraderie of the other coaches. I have developed some good friendships through coaching.
Being a head coach in the Midwest Athletic Conference and winning 222 games as a head (girls and boys) basketball coach is as impressive as it gets. Brian Patch has left his mark on a program long known for quality basketball, a future Indian Hall of Fame member.
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