Canton-Galva football will be experiencing a seismic shift next season.
In going from veteran coach Jeff Savage, who is leaving C-G after three years to take a similar position at Goodland, to the youthful Dustin Patee, it will be like night and day.
The 27-year-old Patee recently landed the Eagle post after spending previous stints at St. John-Tipton and Logan. He actually has coached a little bit of everything in his brief career, including boys basketball, track and field and girls basketball.
The Eagles were 5-4 last year and 13-14 under Savage, who left C-G in order to return to 11-man football. Patee’s three years as a football head coach resulted in a 9-9 record.
Whereas Savage featured a wide-open, throw-it-all-over-the-field offense, Patee will be more old-school as he wants to pound the ball and keep it away from the opposition.
"We will run an option-based offense, in doing this we can either narrow the gap or exploit talent match-ups," he said. "We will control the clock and wear teams down. I have drawn a lot of my offensive philosophies from Bill Snyder and his staff at K-State."
Patee said his defensive philosophy is predicated on being cerebral as much physical.
"Defensively, we will learn our base defenses and how to react to the opponent's actions," he said. "In doing this, we will play fast-and-disciplined defense. Next we are going to work on tackling. Open-field tackling in 8-Man football is imperative. We will ‘fly and strike’ and I have yet to run a defense that is not fun to watch."
Patee prepped at Osborne, where he lettered all four years. He went on to play at Sterling College of the KCAC for coach Andy Lambert, whose brother Tim was named earlier in the week as the head coach at Smoky Valley High School.
"I learned several things while at Sterling (Xs and 's, strength and conditioning, etc.)," Patee said. "I would say the biggest though, would be motivational tactics. Motivating kids is tough these days because we are all so different. I would see different ways, Andy and the staff, would motivate different players."
Patee will be coaching physical education at C-G, from grades 7-12 as he can put his stamp on the program. He is married and recently welcomed a daughter, who is a month old.