SHERMAN, TX -- New SHS head coach Bill Patterson would make his way to the high school campus to usher in his era of Bearcat football.
He's a proven winner at all stops of his 18-year head coaching career.
It all started at Canyon, where he'd lead the Cougars to three postseason trips.
He'd then rise the Naaman Forest program from the ashes winning district in three of his eight season in Garland.
Most recently he'd be in Justin, leading Northwest High School to three playoff appearances after going 0-10 in his first year.
He understands what he's up against, but the Sherman program is in much better shape than ones he's taken over in years past.
He also already knows how important winning the Battle the Ax is for the community.
We'd ask him how many times he'd been asked to get the Ax back.
"Only three times this morning," he'd say jokingly. "And that's been a big deal, obviously to get that going. Obviously have had a great rivalry over the years and Sherman's kind of dominated it but not here last year. So we've got to kind of get that back going our way. It's not like I'm coming in here trying to reinvent the wheel. I mean we're coming in here trying to maintain a little hiccup last year, but we're trying to maintain something and get it going in a positive direction."
They plan to participate in spring ball and will build their foundation in the weight room.