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FCA Basketball Camp Held At Cloverdale High School; Taylor Coach Speaks To Area Campers

by Donna Hardy


Cloverdale varsity basketball coach Pat Rady (left) is pictured above with former basketball teammate and long-time friend Paul Patterson, who is the head men’s basketball coach at Taylor University. Coach Patterson spoke to a group of basketball campers during the recent FCA basketball camp held at Cloverdale High School. (Photo by Donna Hardy) Cloverdale varsity basketball coach Pat Rady (left) is pictured above with former basketball teammate and long-time friend Paul Patterson, who is the head men’s basketball coach at Taylor University. Coach Patterson spoke to a group of basketball campers during the recent FCA basketball camp held at Cloverdale High School. (Photo by Donna Hardy) Several young area athletes recently gathered at Cloverdale High School to participate in a week-long Fellowship of Christian Athletes basketball camp. Each campers learned a lot, not only about basketball, but about life as well.

Throughout the camp, participants worked on basketball skills, life skills, and learned about being a Christian. There were five themes for the week, which focused on ball fakes, triple threat, finishing the play, team communication, and not passing and standing. In addition, they worked on numerous fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, and shooting.


Numerous local youths recently traveled to Cloverdale High School to participate in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ basketball camp. Those attending the camp, along with coaches, gathered together in the stands of the high school gymnasium to pose for a camp picture. (Photo by Donna Hardy) Numerous local youths recently traveled to Cloverdale High School to participate in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ basketball camp. Those attending the camp, along with coaches, gathered together in the stands of the high school gymnasium to pose for a camp picture. (Photo by Donna Hardy) Along with learning from the coaches and student instructors at Cloverdale, campers also had the opportunity to hear from various speakers during the week. One of the highlights of the week was a visit from Paul Patterson, head men’s basketball coach at Taylor University.

“It’s great to see all of you young people here,” he began as he spoke to the young basketball players.

The coach provided the campers with several pieces of advice, such as “Don’t expect to be given something for nothing,” and “Don’t compare yourselves to others.” In addition, he quoted several passages from the Holy Bible which could be applied in life and on the basketball court.

Coach Patterson is no stranger to the Owen County area. He began his coaching career in 1965 at Spencer High School, serving first as junior varsity coach and then moving up to varsity the following year. He then moved on to coach at various high schools, including Ashland Paul Blazer High School in Kentucky. While at Blazer, he was able to coach his squad to the state tournament each year, and in 1979 he coached the Kentucky All-Stars to victories over the Indiana All-Stars.

Several young area athletes recently gathered at Cloverdale High School to participate in a week-long Fellowship of Christian Athletes basketball camp. Each campers learned a lot, not only about basketball, but about life as well.

Throughout the camp, participants worked on basketball skills, life skills, and learned about being a Christian. There were five themes for the week, which focused on ball fakes, triple threat, finishing the play, team communication, and not passing and standing. In addition, they worked on numerous fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, and shooting.

Along with learning from the coaches and student instructors at Cloverdale, campers also had the opportunity to hear from various speakers during the week. One of the highlights of the week was a visit from Paul Patterson, head men’s basketball coach at Taylor University.

“It’s great to see all of you young people here,” he began as he spoke to the young basketball players.

The coach provided the campers with several pieces of advice, such as “Don’t expect to be given something for nothing,” and “Don’t compare yourselves to others.” In addition, he quoted several passages from the Holy Bible which could be applied in life and on the basketball court.

Coach Patterson is no stranger to the Owen County area. He began his coaching career in 1965 at Spencer High School, serving first as junior varsity coach and then moving up to varsity the following year. He then moved on to coach at various high schools, including Ashland Paul Blazer High School in Kentucky. While at Blazer, he was able to coach his squad to the state tournament each year, and in 1979 he coached the Kentucky All-Stars to victories over the Indiana All- Stars.

It was in 1979 that Patterson assumed the coaching position at Taylor University. Since taking the head post, he has coached his teams to 15 conference titles and made it to 14 NAIA national tournaments. He has been honored with 12 awards as Coach of the Year, along with the honor of NAIA National Coach of the year during the 1990-91 season.

Prior to his coaching career, Patterson played basketball and baseball at Hanover College. He was a basketball teammate of Cloverdale head boys’ varsity coach Pat Rady, and the two have been great friends since their time on the basketball court.

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