Beloved Hueytown HS baseball coach Rick Patterson dies

Beloved Hueytown HS baseball coach Rick Patterson dies
"He has been a mentor and a role model for teachers and students alike." (Source: Hueytown High School/Facebook)

HUEYTOWN, Ala. (WBRC) - Family, friends, students and staff at Hueytown High School mourned the loss of baseball Coach Rick Patterson Tuesday.

Coach Patterson was a teacher and coach for 41 years, with 31 of those years in Jefferson County, and 27 of the years as the head baseball coach at Hueytown High School.

According to a Hueytown HS Facebook post Patterson was more than a coach, he was a mentor and a role model for teachers and students alike leaving a positive impact on countless people.

NFL quarterback Jameis Winston of the New Orleans Saints, who played high school baseball under Coach Patterson, said Tuesday, “First, I want to send my condolences to the Patterson family. The impact he had on my teammates and me was unmatched. He was a coach that lived by principles, wasn’t interested in excuses and always taught the importance of relentless effort and unity as a team. Coach Patterson was a world class coach and man. I’m forever grateful for his wisdom and coaching.”

From the Hueytown HS FB post: He has truly been a pillar of Hueytown community for decades. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family, friends, players and the Hueytown community.

These are the arrangements for Coach Patterson:

Receiving of Friends and Family:

Thursday, October 1st

4:00-7:00 PM

First Baptist Church Pleasant Grove

Service:

Friday, October 2nd

2:00 PM

First Baptist Church Pleasant Grove

Graveside to follow at:

Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Pelham

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the following:

1. Hueytown High School Baseball Boosters

Attn: Billy Chandler

4881 15th Street Road

Hueytown, AL 35023

2. FBCPG, Chandler Life Center

Attn: Staci Owen

724 4th Street

Pleasant Grove, AL 35127

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