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By Diane Sieker

Patrick McGowan named new head football coach for Hamilton High School


Last updated 4/6/2018 at 11:14am

Mary Miller

Teacher Patrick McGowan has been named as the new head football coach for Hamilton High School.

Algebra 1 teacher Patrick McGowan has been named the new head football coach for Hamilton High School in Anza, replacing Coach Keith Moorman. 

Currently teaching and coaching the school's track team, McGowan said he is thrilled with his added responsibilities.

Besides Algebra 1, McGowan is one of the BARR teachers. 

"BARR is a program geared to help the freshmen be successful in their first year of high school because students that are successful as freshmen are more likely to be successful throughout high school," he explained. "This is my third year as a teacher and my second year here at Hamilton."

McGowan has deep roots in the Anza community. He has lived in Anza for most of his life, attending Cottonwood School and graduating from Hamilton High School where he served as valedictorian. 

His enthusiasm for the children, the community, his teaching and coaching is infectious and refreshing, residents say.

"I am getting married this summer and I am planning on raising a family here in this community," he said. "I want to be here for a long time."

McGowan was one of Moorman's assistant coaches for the past two years. 

"I consider him one of my friends," McGowan said of Moorman. "However, the school administration wanted a change in direction. They wanted new leadership. I am that change and things are going to be different."

McGowan has big plans for the Bobcats.

"I am predicting tremendous changes in this next season," he said. "We have a great group of student athletes that will rise to our expectations and thrive. This will result in exciting football games. To help our team be even more successful, my coaching staff has been brainstorming ways to boost motivation, morale and team unity. Some examples include a summer lift-a-thon, helmet stickers for big plays in games, team beach trips, team barbecues and much more. Our team will be dedicated to every aspect of the game: lifting, conditioning and academics. My coaching staff and myself want to build on the amazing tradition that this school has and bring more championships."

He plans to regularly update MaxPreps, the high school sports database website that has a wealth of information about student athletes, games and standings within the league. Updating this site has been sporadic in the past but McGowan said he will see that it is done in a timely manner.

The high school has recently made Facebook and Twitter pages as well. The school's website is constantly updated and is an excellent source of information about the teams. 

As the head coach, McGowan said he is determined to keep the community informed of the football team and its happenings.

"My coaching staff and I are dedicated to turning this football team into a championship program," he added. "Our goal is to do more than win games, it is to turn these boys into men. We will be deeply involved with our community and will work to make you all proud. This will be a great season!"

Brother Joseph McGowan who serves as the offensive coordinator said that he is "really excited" for the future of the team.

"I will be bringing back a hurry up, spread offense which will generate a whole lot of points," he promised. "With our group of guys this next year, expect to be cheering for many touchdowns."

Diane Sieker can be reached by sending an email to [email protected]


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