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Richmond, IL- I had always respected and wanted to meet Richmond-Burton High School Athletic Director and football Head Coach Pat Elder. I was very impressed with his successful teams and the Rockets rushing attack that seemed to run roughshod over their opponents year after year.  R-B had multiple deep runs in the IHSA 4A state playoffs and Elder was widely known as a great guy. When I met him this summer, it was a chance encounter was down in Bloomington, Illinois June 18th to cover the Shrine/ Illinois Coaches Association All Star Game at Tucci Stadium on the gorgeous campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. As I walked from side to side taking pictures, I stopped and asked two gentlemen if I could interview them. It was Pat Elder and his father John. Here is that interview…

Cool video from Richmond_Burton HS:

We headed out to Richmond last month and had our second, more in depth interview with Coach Elder. He was very kind to spend time with us on a busy summer day to talk family, football and many other interesting subjects. Pull up a lawn chair and a cool libation and listen to a local coaching legend tell it like it is. Editors Note: Coach missed Rocket alum and current Penn State volleyball super star Ali Frantti when naming great Rocket athletes. He insisted I add her to this story.

Click here to enjoy Pat Elder and kicking back at R-B HS:






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