Patrick Nix Discusses Coaching and Family Life in New Chapter with Central High School
PATRICK NIX IS SURROUNDED BY STUDENT-ATHLETES AT WORK AND AT HOME
Former Auburn quarterback, Patrick Nix is eagerly awaiting his first season as Central’s head football coach.
As a head coach at Pinson Valley High School, Nix lead the Indians to two state championships with his son Bo playing quarterback.
Now,he’s settling into a new chapter at Central High School. The Red Devils are coming off of back-to-back trips to the AHSAA 7A state title game.
“Its just like anywhere I’ve ever been, you walk in and they tell ya ‘coach it’s a different place.’ Every place says that and generally the good places are all the same. The expectations are very high, but that’s a good thing,” says Patrick Nix. “You expect to win every game, that’s just the way it is. It’s nice to be at a place where those are the expectations.”
His first spring with the Red Devils program has been an unusual one.
During the coronavirus pandemic they’ve been installing some of the playbook and doing team workouts through google classroom.
“It’s not quite the weight room, but in a way it makes the kids feel like there in the weight room with us. We’re still correcting and encouraging. I think that’s been our biggest point of emphasis is try to stay connected with the kids and them staying connected with each other.”
Nix has plenty of student-athletes at home with him as well.
His son Bo is the starting QB at Auburn University, his younger son Caleb will be a Sophomore at Central this coming season and their adopted son Tez will be playing wide receiver for Troy University in the fall.
“At anytime I’ve had four division 1 athletes out there training, wearing our garage out and anywhere else that they can find to train,” Nix stated.
With a limit on the number of people that can practice together, his son’s have to be creative in order to get their reps in.
Including the two gunslingers of the family, Bo and Caleb running routes for each other.
“They love to go out there and run routes,” says Nix. “They both think they’re wide receivers. All quarterbacks think they’re wide receiver and all wide receivers think they’re a quarterback.”
Patrick Nix is spending the days in virtual meetings with his players and coaches.
Additionally, he’s got a front row seat to Bo’s meetings with the Auburn football staff.
“It’s been fun watching Bo in meetings with Coach Morris, for me to just sit in the background and listen and get a coaches clinic right there,” Nix said. “Thank goodness I’ve got a very good relationship with all those guys.”
As a quarterback for the Tigers in the mid 90’s, Patrick Nix beat Alabama twice in Jordan-Hare stadium.
This past fall, he got to watch his son Bo beat the Crimson Tide in an instant classic.
“As a dad, as an Auburn man, a lettermen, as a guy that has been there and done that… I was very thankful for him that he was able to play as good as he played in that game and come out with a win,” says Nix. “I know how much he loves Auburn and how much it means to him to play at Auburn and beat Alabama. It is what it is… When you play at Auburn the number one goal is ‘yeah you want to win a National Championship’, but you want to beat Alabama.”
Patrick and Bo are a combined 3-0 against Alabama when they’re under center in Jordan-Hare.