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“Father of the Falcons” tells story of Fort Campbell High School football coach Marshall Patterson

Clarksvilleonline.com
Clarksville, TN | November 1, 2016

 

Clarksville, TN –A former newspaperman
has written a book that tells the inspiring story of a legendary high school
football coach who mentored the sons and daughters of soldiers at the Fort
Campbell Army post for more than three decades.

 

"Father of the Falcons: Coach P's Military Brats &'The Game
of Life'" was released to the public on Saturday, October 1st. The author of
the book is Rob Dollar, who worked for the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville,
Kentucky, as a reporter and senior editor for 20 years before leaving the
newspaper in 2003.

 

Arthor Rob Dollar with his book "Father of the Falcons: Coach P's
Military Brats &'The Game of Life'"

 

The book, Dollar's third as an author, is a tribute to the late
Marshall Patterson, Fort Campbell High School's Hall of Fame football and
wrestling coach.

 

It tells the story of Coach P's good deeds on and off the field as
seen through the eyes of the many Military Brats he taught and coached for more
than 30 years.

 

Patterson, who was inducted earlier this year into the
Dawahares/Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame, died at his
Clarksville, Tennessee, home in January 2014 at the age of 79. During his
tenure at FCHS, the Falcons won three state football championships and one
state wrestling crown.

 

Dollar's book, with 315 pages and more than 50 photographs, is
chalked full of names of prominent Falcon alumni who played for Patterson
during the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s.

 

It was Patterson who started the FCHS football program in the fall
of 1962 and the wrestling program in 1964. He retired in 1995.

 

Dollar graduated from Fort Campbell High School in 1975 and was a
backup quarterback for the Falcons for three seasons. He said the book was a
labor of love.

 

"Marshall Patterson, or Coach P as we all knew him, was special in
so many ways," Dollar said. "As a teacher and mentor, he cared deeply for all
the students at FCHS. During his lifetime, he helped mold young men and young
women into decent human beings. And for that, we will forever be grateful to
him, and also his family, for their sacrifices over the years."

 

"Father of the Falcons" is available from Amazon.com , Books-A-Million, Barnes &Noble
and other major Internet book-sellers.

 


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