Patrick Fagan has recently been chosen to be the new head man to return Milford’s Eagles to varsity football prominence. He replaces Dick DeWitt who was the head coach for two years.
Fagan spent most of his days of youth living in Riverside, Calif., but he went all the way across the United States to attend college. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public communications from Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) and he earned his master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts (Boston).
He is a 1987 graduate of Arlington High School in Riverside where he was an all-state quarterback and free safety.
He was all-league and earned three varsity letters each in football, basketball, and track and field. At Cornell, he was a two-year letterman at cornerback for the Big Red.
The Fagan family lives in Clermont County in Pierce Township. Mrs. Fagan, Tabatha, has been the coordinator for the nationally-ranked University of Cincinnati cheerleaders for the past 14 years. Daughters Kaeley (7) and Addison (5) attend Locust Corner Elementary School in the New Richmond Exempted Village School District.
"This is a unique opportunity for me and I think the timing is attractive," said Fagan who had previously coached for one season at Milford under then head coach Bob Smith. "Next year we'll be going into the (Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division) and I'm familiar with those teams having coached against them when I was at Loveland."
The new Eagle head taskmaster is optimistic about the future fortunes of the Milford grid program.
"We have a good group of returning lettermen. It was a joy to coach them this past season as juniors. This is not only a talented group, but they are good people, too."
Fagan could not say enough good things about his coaching staff. Tim Maley (Elder High School and Mt. Union College grad) will be the defensive coordinator; former Eagle head honcho Bob Smith and Craig Spite will coach defensive positions; Clermont countians Jeff Shepherd and Eric Seibert will coach the offensive line; Bob Jewell, who coached along side Smith and under the then head coach Jim Prather during the Eagles' glory season of 1986-87, returns to the sideline to coach the running backs; Steve Heck will also coach the offensive backs; Kelly Main will coach the wide receivers; and Mark Edwards will coach the offensive and defensive lines. The offensive coordinator has not yet been selected.
"I want to make the Milford football program a year 'round program. I want to involve the youth and the community in the program," said Fagan. "I like Milford. I like the size and the makeup of the community."
He reminds one of a renowned collegiate football coach who spent some years of his youth growing up in Bethel on Union Street. Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes lived in Bethel several years when his father, Wayne Hayes, was teaching in the Bethel schools in the early 1900s. The Ohio State football legend was a staunch believer in the running game and quite a historian.
"I'm a traditionalist. The number one priority and the first thing we'll be working on is the running game and then we'll work from there," said Fagan. "I want to return to the old traditions and start new ones at Milford. I want to get the rivalry with Loveland going again. Geographically it's a good fit for both schools.
"My first year goal is obviously wanting to win right now. I expect us to win and to make the state playoffs."