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Bear Patrick to be among 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

September 12, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Years of devotion to his beloved Falcons has paid off for David "Bear" Patrick. He will be among the 2018 inductees into the Fitch Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend.

"I found out April 3," Patrick said. "Dan Bokesh [from the Hall of Fame committee] called and informed me that I was nominated for the Hall of Fame."

Patrick, or Bear as he prefers to be called, is a 1984 Fitch graduate that some say never left Austintown schools. For the past 38 years he has served both the AMS football team and the Fitch basketball team as an equipment manager-assistant coach. During football games, Patrick can be seen on the AMS sidelines ready to assit wherever he is needed.

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David “Bear” Patrick will be among the inductees in this year's Austintown Fitch Athletic Hall of Fame.

AMS assistant football coach and 2006 Fitch graduate Sam Cassano said he has known Patrick for a long time.

"He was around when I played football at AMS," Cassano said. "When you think of Coach Bear, he is a legend. Everyone knows who Coach Bear is. He is always on us coaches to make sure our shirts match for games, and he runs our warm ups and makes sure everything runs smoothly."

Patrick is as well loved off the sports field too. Everyone he comes in contact with has nothing but good things to say about him.

"He comes in the building every day and is so pleasant to talk to," said AMS receptionist Becky Feicht. "Last Wednesday he was so excited to tell me about his induction."

Patrick was informed last week that he was selected for the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held on Saturday (Sept. 15) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center. At half time of the Warren Harding game on Friday, the inductees will be recognized on the field at Greenwood Stadium.



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