After the one-year tenure of John Warren, the Pats hired one of Warren’s assistants from last year to guide the program back to respectability.
Ryan Lott takes over from Warren, who took over from longtime Patriots fixture Kelly Glass.
Lott, 31, comes to Massac County by way of Carbondale, where he spent two years as an assistant, and Glenwood High School in Chatham.
Lott got a taste of winning last year with Warren after a rough start and would like nothing better than to build on the two-game winning streak the Pats put together at the end of the season.
“I really enjoyed last year, especially the win at Charleston and the little streak we got on the last two games,” said Lott. “We hope to carry that attitude on and to build on it.”
Lott kept basically the same staff around him with Chris Babb, Rich Corse, Cliff Easter, Andy Morrow and Alan Rice. He also brought on a couple of newcomers.
“I guess I brought Tyson Bormann in to replace me (from last year), but then we were also very fortunate to bring on a quality volunteer in David Jones who came over from Paducah Tilghman,” he said.
Lott and his wife Kathy have been married almost 18 months. She is from Sesser. Lott is employed by the Unit District as a physical education/health teacher.