Brian Patrick loves to be involved, has a knack for numbers and enjoys the exactitude of keeping a budget.
That’s why the West Valley senior signed up for the two-year commitment as the school’s ASB treasurer — first as an assistant during his junior year and now as the head treasurer in charge of all financial comings and goings for the 2018-2019 year.
It takes those types of skills to not only do that job, but simply to keep track of and organize his own hyperactive life.
Patrick is a member of the National Honor Society, he and a friend attended a leadership conference hosted by the Pacific Institute this summer — just because it sounded like a neat thing to do, which it was — and he holds down a job. So when his senior year starts up, he’s got all these things going on.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder emerged as one of the CBBN’s top offensive linemen as a junior, despite having never taken on the role as right tackle before. He earned second-team all-league honors for the Big Nine’s top offense.
“The coaches tried me out on the line at summer camp (last year) and that’s when it started,” he said. “To make all-league, honestly, I was surprised. Nick Haviland (the CBBN lineman of the year) helped me a lot and so did the other seniors. They coached me up quite a bit.”
Patrick played some quarterback as a freshman and moved to wide receiver during his sophomore season, but he mostly concentrated on defense for the JV team two years ago.
“I’ve always wanted to be coachable so I’ve been open to trying new positions,” he said. “When I did my first linemen reps I thought, ‘OK, I can do this.’ Last year we had a lot of fun on offense (the Rams averaged 442 yards a game) and, even though we lost a lot of guys, I think we’ll be pretty good again.”
West Valley did indeed graduate a bundle of offensive talent, led by co-offensive players of the year Brandon Battle and Dallin Cluff. But Patrick is one of three returning linemen and they’ll be paving the way for the league’s top returning running back, Reggie Harris.
Patrick and the Rams will have to get up to speed in a hurry because there’s nothing subtle about their three nonleague opponents — Kamiakin, Prosser and Camas — to start the season. West Valley will then open CBBN play with a big home game against Sunnyside on Sept. 21.
With so much going on, Patrick’s senior year is likely to go fast. After high school, he’s all set. “My parents went to WSU, my two older sisters went to WSU and I’ve been going to WSU games for eight years,” he said. “So, yes, I’m going to Pullman, too.”