MIAMI — The Miami News-Record has learned that Clay Patterson, offensive coordinator at Trinity Valley Community College, will be named the new head football coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
A release was sent out Friday announcing a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the O Club Room of the NEO Field House.
Patterson will succeed Ryan Held, who resigned earlier this month to join the staff of new Central Florida head coach Scott Frost.
This is the second time in the past three seasons that NEO had tapped a member of the Trinity Valley coaching staff for its head coach.
Former Cardinal offensive coordinator Sherard Poteete – like Patterson, a former NEO player - was hired in 2013 to fill the Golden Norse slot. He resigned after one season to become offensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri State University.
Nephew of hall of fame football coach and NEO athletic director Dale Patterson, Clay Patterson played for the Golden Norsemen in 1999 and 2000.
Held had been at Highlands (Kansas) Community College before being hired by Northeastern A&M.
The Golden Norsemen were 9-11 under Held.
Clay Patterson's Trinity Valley offense broke two NJCAA records: total offense in a season (7,778 yards) and yards per game (648.2).
The Cards' 4,343 passing yards led the nation and their 3,435 yards rushing ranked 2nd nationally. They also led the nation in points scored (704), points per game (58.7), touchdowns (96), passing touchdowns (52) and yards per carry (7.6).
The offense ranked second nationally in passing yards per game (368.6), rushing yards per game (289.5) and was third nationally in rushing touchdowns (43).
Ten of the Cardinals' 12 games in 2014 ranked among the top 35 highest scoring games of all time in Trinity Valley football history.
Prior to joining the staff at Trinity Valley, Clay Patterson spent six season as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Division II powerhouse Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The hiring of Patterson will be pending approval of the OSU/Oklahoma Agriculturral & Mechanical Colleges Board of Regents.