By Ben Otte
Many know him as ‘Mr. Conrad’. Some know him as ‘Coach Conrad’. Following a 1-9 season and finishing as the lowest ranked team in Division I, Conrad knew it was not the type of season he, or anybody would have liked to experience.
Just beginning the off-season program in hopes to prepare for new opportunities to be successful, Conrad turned in his resignation ending his nine-year career as head coach of the Red Lion football program.
When asked about his coaching career at Red Lion, he says that he is very proud of what he has accomplished. “I wanted to pass on to players things that I have learned from great coaches that I had, that would benefit them.”
The way the game of football unfolds and the core values that the game embodies and enables life lessons to be taught fairly easily, according to Conrad.
“In reviewing my decision, I had to look at what I taught my players over the last 10 years. From handling adversity, to lessons in believing in yourself, I don’t regret what I have done as a head coach because the players are better now because of it.”
Many former and current players can attest to learning many beneficial life lessons throughout the program. This was something Conrad had aimed for. “He taught me that when things get tough, to keep my head up and that all things will work out in the end.” Junior Josh Jones recalled. “I have learned so much from him and it is helping me be a better man for it.”
Surely many memories remain. The highs: playing Cumberland Valley in 2010’s District Championship, or beating Central York in an emotional overtime the year before. The lows: the passing of former player Matt Barshinger in 2006.
“There are many memories that stick out in the course of a career, but the biggest thing is probably the relationships with the players themselves. That is the most memorable.”
However, the relationships do not come to an end. He continues saying, “The relationships I have built, I am committed to over the course of my entire lifetime...not until the ‘contract runs out.”
As of right now, Conrad remains as the President of the York/Adams Football Coaches Association for the second year. He has additionally been selected in January to coach in the PA Scholastic Football Coaches Association’s Big 33 East/West All-Star game set to be played May fifth at Downingtown West High School.
football program since 1986:
‘86-’88 - Jim Miller
‘89-’90 - Bill Morton
‘91-’96 - Lynn Reigle*
‘97 - Tom Silvanic**
‘98-’04 - George Shue
‘05-’12 - Patrick Conrad
*Passed away post the ‘96 season ** Fired during middle of ‘97 season