Clovis North High baseball coach Chris Patrick, who guided the Broncos to a Central Section championship in 2013 and won 66 percent of his games, has been relieved of his duties.
Patrick, 35, was the only coach in the Broncos’ nine-year history.
187-93-3Chris Patrick’s overall record in nine seasons at Clovis North
Clovis North enjoyed seven winning seasons and went 187-93-3 under Patrick, including 17-12 this past season.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that I am no longer the head baseball coach at Clovis North,” Patrick wrote in a statement. “The administration has decided to go in another direction.
“I am thankful for my 10 years … and the foundation we have laid since its inception.”
Four years ago, Clovis North captured the section Division I title, went 27-6 overall and was ranked No. 21 in the country, according to Perfect Game Baseball National Rankings.
Patrick starred at Fresno State in the early 2000s and played three seasons in the minor leagues before getting into coaching.
He is part of arguably the most influential baseball family in Clovis.
His father is Clovis High’s James Patrick, the winningest coach in section history.
And brother Kevin heads the Clovis West program.
Patrick will remain a full-time teacher at Clovis North and could potentially coach elsewhere within the athletic department, Clovis Unified spokeswoman Kelly Avants said.
“This isn’t the end but the start of something new,” Patrick wrote. “I will answer back and be tougher because of this.”
▪ Kerman baseball coach Jay Preuss, who won 20-plus games during a stretch of seven consecutive seasons and captured two section titles, has resigned.
JV coach Jared Coleman will take over the Lions.
Kerman coach Jay Preuss won Valley championships in 2012 and 2014.
Preuss finished 234-118-6 overall.
▪ Adam Wall, who starred at Fresno City and Central in the early 2000s, has been named Buchanan’s girls basketball coach. The Clovis Unified governing board approved the hiring Wednesday night.
▪ Ashley Orlich, who headed the Fowler girls basketball program, has been hired as a teacher at Buchanan.
It’s yet to be determined what role she could have with the Bears athletic department.
Orlich went 44-32 in three years at Fowler, including 17-8 with a second-round exit in the D-V playoffs this past season.
She is a daughter of longtime Clovis West boys basketball coach Tom Orlich, who’s now on the Stanford men’s staff.