Brent Patterson retires as teacher from CHS

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Longtime CHS teacher and baseball coach Brent Patterson is retiring from CHS as a teacher. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. — Longtime Cullman High School teacher and varsity baseball coach Brent Patterson is retiring from the school as a teacher. Though he is retiring from teaching, it is still possible for Patterson to continue coaching baseball at Cullman High School in the future.

“Coach Patterson is a huge part of five state championships and several deep runs into the AHSAA baseball postseason,” Cullman City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff said. “Just as important, he loves kids, forms relationships with his students and student athletes, and is a great teacher. We are going to let Coach Patterson enjoy retirement for a few weeks, then Athletic Director Coach Stephens and I are going to begin working with him on ways he can still contribute to the ongoing success of the Cullman High School baseball program.”

Patterson noted he and his wife Kristy have made a lot of memories at Cullman High the past several years, taking the Bearcats to playoff runs and titles, while also watching their own kids grow up in black and gold.

“Walking behind Coach Bowen as he built Cullman Baseball into a perennial contender, watching the facilities upgrade throughout the years, sharing a State Championship with my son, Brady; watching our daughter, Reese, play volleyball; and spending countless hours with the other coaches who are my best friends are times that I will always cherish. God has poured out his blessings on us for sure,” Patterson said. “Working for administrations and alongside so many teachers who have dedicated so much of their lives to serving the students of our community has been inspiring.”

Patterson went on to thank the administration, fellow teachers, students, parents and community members who have supported and continue to support the Bearcats.

“I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to work and coach here many years ago. I’ll forever cherish the relationships formed with my coworkers, whose hard work oftentimes goes unnoticed by the public, but their daily diligence and dedication to our students are the reasons why CHS is so special,” he said. “I personally cannot thank the countless parents and supporters of Cullman Baseball for helping make our program special. Thousands of hands have worked to give our players an experience that’s second to none, and I am thankful for their time, hard work, and support. Most of all, I’m grateful to the players and the assistant coaches who have sacrificed so much to make Cullman Baseball what it is today. They have shared their lives with me, and it’s those relationships that will truly last a lifetime. It is an honor to lead such a fine group of individuals like we have had over the years.”