Schoolar named Hatley football coach

Patrick Schoolar didn’t have to go far for his first head coaching job – no farther, in fact, than his alma mater Hatley.
Schoolar was approved by the Monroe County School Board as the next head coach for the Tigers, who had a dismal 0-11 2012 season.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity. It’s going to be great to go back home and lead my own program,” Schoolar said. “I’m ready to put my own ideas in there and be the blame guy when things go wrong.”
Schoolar comes off a year of serving as Amory’s defensive coordinator, in which his Panthers’ defense held opponents to an average of 19.5 points.
He also served in the same position at Aberdeen for five years with the Bulldogs making back-to-back 3A state championship games in 2009 and 2010.
“I’m hoping that my previous experience will bring the players some stability and some overall knowledge that they may not have had last year,” Schoolar said.
Schoolar said his most immediate goal was to improve participation after injuries and a lack of depth plagued the Tigers in 2012.
“I want to instill some excitement into the program and change the outlook and mindset,” Schoolar said. “There’s plenty of support from the community, and we just need to get the kids excited again.”
The Tigers, who’ve yet to make the playoffs, lose 2A powerhouses Bruce and Calhoun City, in addition to Okolona, from their division schedule for next season and add East Union, New Site and Mantachie.
“Playoffs are for sure an immediate goal. I’m a patient person, but I’m not patient about our football program,” Schoolar said. “We want to win and win early, and there’s not going to be a building phase. We have the potential to make the playoffs, and it would be a huge accomplishmenbt but there are a lot of ifs. If the players want to do this or that, but as a coaching staff, we’re going to work hard.”
Schoolar said he would meet with the entire student body.
“(Hatley principal) Van Pearson has been great to work with,” Schoolar said. “He’s adamant about us building a succesful program and knows I feel the same way. My plan is to meet with everyone and let them see that I’m excited about being here and that we will win football games next year.
“It’s going to be a complete change. Even things that were being done well will change. It’s going to be a completely different mindset, and I’m excited about putting my style on things.”