It’s been a long road to Nettleton for Pontotoc native Greg Patterson, but it’s one that couldn’t have brought him to a better place in the eyes of the Tigers new head baseball coach. Patterson coached baseball at Independence (1997-2001), Natchez (02), and Columbus (03-04) before stepping off the diamond and taking on an assistant football job at Morton in 2005. The road to “Tigertown” carried him across the state line where he was a member of the Clay-Chalkville, Curry, and Oak Mountain football coaching staffs in Alabama. “I’ve been to a lot of places following my wife (Brandy) through medical school, but it has been well worth it to end up at Nettleton. We are ready to settle down as a family and I really hope to have a place to be able to retire one day,” said the 35-year old Patterson. As a former South Pontotoc Cougar multi-sport athlete, Patterson is very familiar with the proud tradition that belongs to Nettleton athletics. “I grew up playing against them as a kid in little league baseball, in football and baseball in high school, and in American Legion baseball and as long as I can remember Nettleton has always had good baseball and athletics all together.” He and his family had barely been in the area long enough to unpack before getting word from former Columbus Athletic Director and friend Dwight McComb about the job opening. “My wife just finished up her residency and we hadn’t been here two weeks when Coach McComb saw we had moved back into the area. “He gave me a call telling me about the baseball job being open and how he felt working at Nettleton would be a great opportunity for me. “I contacted Coach (Jeff) Finch about the job and was lucky enough to get the job because from what I hear there were a lot of highly qualified guys applying for the job too,” Patterson said. Patterson, who played baseball at Northwest Community College, credit’s the schools all-around success and support of the community for what he feels will be good things to come to the Tiger baseball program. “Nettleton is a place where I think we can win year in and year out,” Coach Patterson added. “I really think with the way the coaches and teachers have got the kids focused on success and how the community supports all the sports that we can have some long term success with the baseball program.” Patterson replaces former head coach Matthew Addison.