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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Patierno already enjoying work with Drifters
Mike Patierno was seeking a new challenge when he applied to become the new athletic director at Colonial Beach.
But what Patierno said he’s found so far during his short stay in the “quaint” town is that working with the Drifters is a lot of fun.
Patierno, 59, began his tenure on Monday. His task is to replace Steve Swope, who retired at the end of June after more than 30 years as a coach and athletic director at the school.
“It’s funny because if somebody said to me before, ‘Where is Colonial Beach?’ I couldn’t have told them,” Patierno said. “But having been out here I must tell you, this town has a lot of history to it. Everybody’s been very friendly and proud of where they live. They know about Drifter sports. It makes the job that much more fun.”
Patierno previously served as a teacher and assistant principal in Winchester. He was also the athletic director at Skyline High School from 2007–09. After that the former U.S. Army police officer served as president of the board of directors for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program in Winchester.
Patierno is currently commuting from Winchester because he and his wife have yet to find a home in the area.
‘TWICE THE FUN’
David Rabe has been the Orange girls basketball coach the past four years. Rabe was approved by the Orange County School Board Tuesday night to become the new baseball coach.
Rabe said he’s looking forward to “getting outside in the sunshine and warmth and creating new excitement between the community and Orange County baseball.”
He said he’s also eagerly awaiting double duty. Rabe was an assistant baseball coach the past two years.
He said he plans to work with both teams during the summer and fall.
“There are 24 hours in a day and there’s always time for coaching,” Rabe said. “Coaches are a different breed. We wake up thinking about sports. Two sports just mean twice the fun.”
Rabe will replace Joe Morabito as the baseball coach. Morabito held the position the past two years. The Hornets finished ninth out of nine teams in the Commonwealth District this past season.
“We were still competitive,” Rabe said. “Now we’ve just got to take the next step.”
LOCALS HELP U.S. TRAIN
Former Courtland softball standout Kassie Moeller and Chancellor graduate Johnni Tillman played in a doubleheader against the U.S. Junior National Team recently to help it prepare for the International Softball Federation world tournament
Tillman played the first game and Moeller served as catcher in both contests. Moeller delivered two RBIs to put the U.S. team behind for the first time all year.
Moeller and Tillman were first-team all-Battlefield District selections this past season. Moeller is headed to the University of South Florida, while Tillman will play for Glenville (W.Va.) State.
CAVS ON THE MOVE
Caroline graduate Curtis Leacock will continue his football career at Alderson–Broaddus, a Division II school in West Virginia. Leacock played quarterback for the Cavaliers and was among the Fredericksburg-area leaders in passing yards in 2012. He may have to switch positions in college.
Caroline coach Jeremiah Ross said Leacock’s former teammate, running back Keonta’ Hamilton, will compete for Division II Chowan in North Carolina.
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