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3 years ago by Jeff Luzadder

Lafayette Jeff promotes Shanley to head football coach

After its most successful season in nine years, Lafayette Jeff was in need of a football coach.

Administrators decided it was in the best interest of moving forward to stay within the program, promoting Pat Shanley to head coach. The Lafayette School Corporation board unanimously approved the hire Monday night.

Shanley, a 2003 Rensselaer graduate and former Bomber standout, was the offensive coordinator for a team that averaged 35.8 points per game last season, going 8-3 and advancing to the sectional championship game. The Bronchos tacked up an average of 449.5 yards per game, ranking second in the North Central Conference.

"I knew exactly that I made the right decision in hiring Pat when we introduced him to the kids and I thought there was a party in there," Jeff athletic director Peyton Stovall said. "They were so excited and I am really proud that we have Pat on our staff."

Offensive coordinator Pat Shanley was promoted to Lafayette Jeff's head football coach. Sam King/sking@jconline.com

The 2015 season was Shanley’s first with the Bronchos, joining first-year head coach Brian Moore’s staff. Moore resigned in December to return to his alma mater Fountain Central as athletic director.

"Having Pat as the offensive coordinator last year and as a part of the program previously is a big advantage for us," Stovall said. "He's learned from a lot of great coaches, but he's molded into his own and we're excited for what he's going to bring."

Shanley has worked under three coaches who've won state championships, most recently with Moore last season.

Prior to becoming Lafayette Jeff’s offensive coordinator, Shanley coached four seasons at Ben Davis, where he served as head JV coach and as a varsity assistant. With Shanley on staff, Ben Davis was the 2014 Class 6A state champion, defeating Carmel 42-24. Ben Davis was 38-10 during Shanley’s tenure on the Giants’ staff.

Shanley was a volunteer assistant coach at Rensselaer while attending college at Purdue and later spent three seasons at Mount Vernon (Fortville). It was while working under his high school head coach Chris Meeks at Rensselaer that Shanley realized his dream was to become a head high school football coach.

"It's because of him that I had a desire to become a head coach," Shanley said. "That man has impacted my life and the impact that the Rensselaer program has had on that community. That's the reason I wanted to be a head coach in the first place. That's a powerful thing, getting kids to play for the name across their jersey and for their community. Chris Meeks really got that going at Rensselaer."

Shanley teaches engineering technology education at Lafayette Jeff.

He'll continue in that role with extra enthusiasm to help the football program progress.

"There wasn't a single practice that I could say probably a coach on the staff could walk away from feeling bad," Shanley said. "Practice was fun and that is a testament to our kids and how hard they are willing to work and how coachable they are. Aside from the record, it's just a fun group of kids to be around."

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