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Orlando Patterson Takes the Helm of Hill Football Program

Over the last decade, Orlando Patterson, Jr. has coached highly competitive and championship football programs at several independent schools and boarding schools.  On Friday, June 18, Hill School Director of Athletics Seth Eilberg P’22 ’23 ’25 introduced Patterson as the School’s next head football coach.  Patterson joins The Hill from Boston College High School (Boston, Mass.) where he served as an assistant football coach and assistant director of enrollment management for the past two years.  Prior to BC High, he was head football coach for two seasons at the Roxbury Latin School (West Roxbury, Mass.), offensive coordinator for three seasons at Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.), and head coach for three seasons at Blue Ridge School (St. George, Va.). 

“During its 2020-21 hiatus, Hill’s football program established the groundwork for a successful future,” said Eilberg. “Coach Patterson will build on that foundation, leveraging his exemplary track record developing winning teams and providing transformational experiences for his student-athletes.  We are thrilled to have Orlando at the helm for the next era of Hill Football.” 

Known throughout his playing and coaching career as “O.P.”, Patterson captained the Tabor Academy football team and then had a stellar, four-year playing career as a linebacker at Hobart College, where he received his B.A. in sociology and the Michael T. Silver ’39 Memorial Award for Superior Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Perseverance.  During Patterson’s junior season at Hobart, the Statesmen won the Liberty League Championship once and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament three times.    

Following Hobart and a teaching and coaching internship year at Bridgton Academy (Bridgton, Maine), Patterson was appointed head coach at Blue Ridge School where he led the Barons to a Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division II Football State Championship in just his second season. He also earned “Coach of the Year” honors at the league, region, and state levels.  After three seasons at Blue Ridge, Patterson returned to his alma mater where he served as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Tabor Academy Seawolves, leading a potent offense to the NEPSAC Super Bowl Championship in 2016 - its first since 1999 - and outscoring opponents 290 to 158 along the way. 

Coach Patterson served as director of auxiliary and summer programs and resumed head coaching duties at Roxbury Latin School in his native Boston from 2017 to 2019, leading the program's turnaround within the Independent School League (ISL). In his last stop before arriving at The Hill School, Patterson was a key assistant varsity coach and also headed the JV program for the perennial football juggernaut BC High. 

“I am beyond excited to join The Hill!” says Patterson. “After my visit to campus, the ‘family boarding school’ atmosphere and longstanding traditions resonated with me, and I immediately felt at home.  I am eager to work with the talented coaching staff and the tremendous student-athletes in the football program, instilling a passion for family, football, and fun!  I also look forward to establishing lifelong relationships with many people in The Hill community and embracing all the School has to offer.” 

In addition to his coaching role at Hill, Patterson will serve as an assistant director of admission, dormitory affiliate, and academic adviser.  Coach Patterson joins an experienced and talented Hill Football coaching staff which includes longtime Defensive Coordinator Dan Edleman ’04 and Assistant Coaches Kevin Tkachuk and Ernest Higginbotham. Coach Patterson is joined by fellow newcomers Gavin Harter, who will work with our offensive line, and Jay Williams, a former NFL player with strong local ties who will work most closely with our receivers and defensive backs and focus on overall player development.