Northfield's Hopkins discusses resignation

By Josh Sigler

Northfield boys basketball coach Patrick Hopkins tendered his resignation, which was approved by the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County board at its April 10 meeting.

Hopkins discussed his decision to step down recently with The Paper of Wabash County.

“Northfield was my first head coaching job, and I loved it,” Hopkins said. “I gained a lot of experience, and I feel like I helped the program, I helped the community and I helped the kids. But, I don’t think it’s the right fit for me.

“I’m trying to be a coach that really grows a program. I put a lot of time and effort into it. Northfield just isn’t the right program for me.”

Hopkins finishes his tenure at Northfield with a 34-59 record.

The Norse went 5-18 this season, losing seven straight to finish the year. Last season, Hopkins led Northfield to an 8-15 record, losing five in a row to close out the season.

The Norse had their most successful season under Hopkins in the 2015-16 campaign, finishing 13-11. Northfield won nine of its final 13 games that season, and picked up the lone sectional victory of Hopkins’ tenure.

In his inaugural season of 2014-15, Northfield went 8-15.

“Northfield – there’s a lot of great people here,” Hopkins said. “After the word was out that I was resigning, a lot of people contacted me – text messages, phone calls, Facebook messenger. A lot of the people are really good people. They’re nice, easy to get along with.

“I love basketball, so I am going to pursue other coaching opportunities. But, I’m definitely going to miss the people that I grew closer with – people like Clint Davis and Deb Corn. The janitors at Northfield are really nice. They worked really hard for me. Kathy Steele, Howard and Lisa Goshert – they were awesome with me.”

Hopkins said he was also miss his coaching staff.

“We had a really good coaching staff this year,” he said. “Brodie Stith was a great JV coach this year. Caleb Hadden, this was his second year with me. We had three volunteers this year, and they put so much time and energy into the program for free.”

For now, Hopkins plans to continue to teach at Southwood Elementary School.

“I love my job here at Southwood Elementary; It’s a great gig,” he said. “But, coaching is my passion, so I will pursue other coaching opportunities. I’m not going to just jump at the first thing that comes open. I’m going to look for opportunities for me and my wife, Krista.”

Krista Hopkins teaches special education at O.J. Neighbours Elementary School in Wabash.

“We’re going to look to pursue other opportunities to hopefully get closer to her family, which is in the Chicago area,” Patrick said. “Ultimately, (we’re looking for) a good school that we can put our future children in, and that we can grow a basketball program and a life together.

“I appreciate all the fans that supported us,” he added. “We didn’t have the most wins in the area, but we had a lot of fans that came out and supported the boys. I appreciated that. I learned a lot being a first-time head coach. And, I’m going to take all those experiences into my next opportunity.”

Posted on 2018 Apr 24