Having coached many of the players at the JV level, Patterson thought the shift from one coach to the next would be relatively smooth. “I was kind of expecting it would be a smoother transition because they knew me,” Patterson said. “I felt more like the stepdad coming in. They had a coach they loved.” And Patterson didn’t plan on trying to be Gerry Duffy. He wanted to be Ricky Patterson. “You’ve got to be true to yourself,” Patterson said. That has ruffled some feathers. Patterson considers himself “old school” in terms of discipline. Three players were dismissed or quit the team due to Patterson’s disciplinary actions, although two of them are back with the team. Junior Cameron Parrott was one who got into a verbal disagreement with Patterson and was kicked off the team. He has since apologized and returned to the team, although he is suspended for the first two San Andreas League games this week. “I made a mistake,” said Parrott, who also had problems with Patterson last year on JV. “He (Patterson) has a whole different style. He wants to step up this program.” At least a couple of Parrott’s teammates agree, but they are still not sure of his methods. They say playing time and starting lineups are just a couple of areas that have have not been consistent. “We’ve had to adjust, knowing he hasn’t had that (varsity) authority before,” said junior co-captain B.J. Hagood, who had not played for Patterson on JV. Hagood saw Duffy have similar growing pains when he took over the program, but it wasn’t the same. “With Coach Duffy, we were like family,” Hagood said. The players seem to understand that Patterson is learning on the fly, and it is going to take time. “It takes time to learn how to do it right,” said co-captain Brandon Jones, who laments the fact the change happened during his senior season. “By next year, it should be bet ter,” Hagood said. “But I’d pre fer to have our old coach.” Patterson realizes change hasn’t been entirely smooth. But he wouldn’t do it differently. “I’m not sure what I could have done differently to make it smoother on my end,” Patterson said. Although Pacific had a string of five straight CIF semifinal ap pearances end six years ago, it has been several years since the Pirates made the playoffs. And a 3-17 overall record with a game at San Gorgonio tonight means there is a tough road to climb to snap that skid this year, but Pat terson remains hopeful. “We’re getting there and we’re trying to throw some changes in there on offense,” he said. “We’re getting better as a group.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Pacific High School boys basketball team has not had that luxury this year, however, as Ricky Patterson replaced Gerry Duffy as coach less than two weeks into the season. And the growing pains are still being felt. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Patterson, 38, had not been a head varsity coach before Duffy left the program Dec. 12 less than two weeks into his third season at the school. Neither Duffy nor athletic director Carmel Brand would comment on the reason for Duffy’s sudden departure. But the bottom line was Pacific needed a new coach. Patterson, who previously served as a girls varsity assistant and head JV boys coach at Aquinas, was beginning his third year as Pacific’s off-campus JV coach when the change was made. He said initially that Marlon Smotherman, Pacific’s freshman on-campus coach, was offered the job, but Smotherman declined. Patterson was next in line. “There was no warning,” Patterson said. “They were in shock. We were all in shock. I was called in and I told them I would like the job.” SAN BERNARDINO – Growing pains are inevitable when schools change basketball coaches. But those growing pains are usually felt during the offseason when the new coach and players learn to work together.