Patrick Ames

Assistant coach son has been on staff for 21 years already

  LAUREL ­— Meridian High School has found its new head football coach and the Trojans didn’t have to look very far to name a successor to legendary coach Bob Ames, the third-winningest coach in state history.

  Patrick Ames was named the new head coach of the Trojans and will be taking over for his father this fall. Bob retired after coaching Meridian for 46 seasons. 

  Patrick has been an assistant coach in Meridian football since 1999. The Trojans have won three state titles during that time and have placed second twice.

  “We are excited about Patrick taking over as the head coach at Meridian and know he will continue to build on our rich tradition of competitiveness and success,” Meridian athletic director Bryant Michaelson said. “We look forward to what [he] will bring to Meridian as our new head football coach.”

  Ames is a Meridian High School graduate and he is also head coach of the track and field team.