Looks like 11 man football is not the only change Gilbert Christian will be making this upcoming season. Shawn Patterson will replace Coach Cain as the head coach of the Knights. I have not heard if any of the other coaching staff will be asked to return?
I have had the privilege and honor of being a part of the Knights football program for the past six years as a volunteer. There are very few programs where a parent would have been given the opportunities Coach Cain afforded me.Thank you Coach! Coach Cain will be sorely missed! After taking over for Coach Cook, Coach Cain led the Knights to playoff appearances in each of his seasons as HC, twice making it to the semifinals. The Knights were 6-3, 10-1, 9-2, and 7-3 under Coach Cain. Not too shabby! I would not be surprised to see Coach Cain land another head coaching job somewhere soon! Best wishes to Coach Cain in all his future endeavors!
Coach Patterson brings a wealth of football knowledge having played for the Sun Devils as well as six seasons for the Green Bay Packers. As for coaching experience I am only aware of his stint as Coach Cook's assistant during Gilbert Christian's first JV season in 2010. The Knights went 7-1 that year losing only to Chandler Prep's varsity squad. Coach Patterson will have his work cut out for him as the Knights are graduating arguably their strongest senior class to date; Logan Pinkerton, Brett Cline, Steven Desmarchais, Seth Lanzel, Benji Taylor, Logan Connover, and TJ Malm. Good luck to Coach Patterson and the Knights as they usher in a new era of football at Gilbert Christian!