Kurt Patik takes the reins of Natrona County boys basketball

Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 9:01 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Last basketball season, Kurt Patik spent the year on the sidelines with the Natrona County Fillies as an assistant coach. Next season, he’ll be running the show for the Natrona County Mustangs varsity basketball team.

In May, Kurt Patik officially made the jump over to the boys’ side and will be the head coach for the Mustangs next season.

“I’m excited about a lot of different things,” said Patik about why he wanted to take the job in an interview last week. “[I’m looking forward to] teaching these kids a little different style of basketball than they’re used to but at the same time just molding them into great humans that can go out beyond high school and contribute to whatever part of society that they’re in.”

Patik is also a construction and woodworking teacher at Pathways Innovation Center and Natrona County High School. He grew up in Buffalo and played high school basketball for his father, Grant Patik. He then went on to play college basketball at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

Before accepting the Mustangs’ head coaching job, Patik had been an assistant coach for about seven years. He said he’d learned a lot about the game of basketball during his time spent around the game.

“I’m excited to kind of put it all together and use some of their stuff but also implement some of my own stuff and just get the thing rolling.”

He’ll take over a team that made a 4A state tournament appearance last season out of the West. Next season, Natrona County will transition into the Eastern Conference at 4A.

A couple of rising Mustang seniors are excited about the arrival of Coach Patik on the bench.

“I think he brings a bunch of energy and discipline for our team,” said Josiah Blom, who was a sparkplug off the bench for the Mustangs last season. “He’s going to make us a lot better and just more connected.”

Isaac Patik, who is Kurt’s son and was a key contributor for the Mustangs as a junior, was excited to have his dad steering the Mustangs’ ship.

“He got to coach Emma (Isaac’s older sister) her senior year, and so he gets to coach me my senior year and probably the rest of my brothers, which is really exciting,” said Isaac.

Isaac added that he’s already impressed with how he’s been able to work with the whole team on improving their basic skills to become “a good player.”

“He’s [also] focusing on defense, which I think will benefit us in the long run.”

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