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Patton named Lindsey Wilson Cycling Head Coach

Josh Patton has been named the Lindsey Wilson head cycling coach, Athletic Director Willis Pooler announced Wednesday.

Patton led the cycling program from 2018-2021 and was an assistant for the Blue Raiders during the 2021-22 season.

"As our former head coach and a student-athlete with our highly successful cycling program, Josh has a passion for this program and the skill set required to do a fantastic job," Pooler said. "When he left the head coach position to pursue a different opportunity in cycling a couple years ago, the program was in a great place."

"I have no doubt he will work tirelessly to maintain the high standards he helped create," Pooler added. "His commitment to the sport and collegiate cycling is clear. I look forward to working with him again in this role."

The 2021-22 season saw the Blue Raiders capture their second BMX National Championship in program history.

Despite a COVID-19 shortened season in 2019-20, Patton led the Blue Raiders to a No. 7 overall placement in the USA Cycling Collegiate National Rankings. He led three individuals to podium finishes at the Mountain Bike National Championship.

"I'm excited to return as the head coach of the cycling program," Patton said. "I've missed being behind the wheel these last couple of seasons and it feels good to be back and working with the team.

Patton led the Blue Raiders to a third place finish at the BMX National Championships as well as turning in a sixth place finish during the Mountain Bike National Championship.

During his time as a student-athlete at Lindsey Wilson, Patton saw success both on the team and individual levels during his time riding for the Blue Raiders. Individually, he captured the 2013 Men's Division I Dual Slalom National Championship and was a part of the Blue Raiders' 2012 USA Cycling BMX National Championship Team. Patton reached the podium multiple times at USA Cycling National Championship events as both a team member and individual and helped LWC capture multiple Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships.

Patton also has experience as a professional mountain bike racer for Airborne Bicycles. He rode courses throughout the United States and was the No. 1 ranked USA Dual Slalom Professional in 2013-14, collecting a third-place finish in the overall pro category at the Gravity East Downhill Series in 2014.

He was also a Student Ambassador and Peer Mentor during his time as a student-athlete at LWC. Patton graduated from Lindsey Wilson in 2014 with a double major in business administration and media studies.

"I look forward to seeing the goals these racers meet and the memories we make this year," Patton added. "We've got a talented roster that is motivated and ready to tackle the season head on."

This story was posted on 2023-08-16 11:07:29
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