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Old Dominion offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude resigns 3 weeks before season opener against Virginia Tech

Virginian-Pilot
Virginian-Pilot
 2022-08-12

Dave Patenaude’s tenure at Old Dominion was as short as they get.

The Monarchs’ offensive coordinator since just days after last season, Patenaude resigned Friday without coaching a game, according to an announcement from the school. No reason was given for the move.

“We appreciate Coach Patenaude’s contributions to our football program during his time at ODU,” athletic director Wood Selig said in a statement. “We wish him the best in the future.”

A school spokesman declined to elaborate on Patenaude’s resignation, and head coach Ricky Rahne was not made available for comment.

The Monarchs open the season in three weeks — on Friday, Sept. 2, against Virginia Tech at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

Patenaude, 54, was hired by Rahne in January, shortly after the Monarchs’ loss to Tulsa in the Myrtle Beach Bowl.

Weeks before that game, after ODU ended the regular season with five straight wins to become bowl-eligible, Rahne fired former coordinator Kirk Campbell.

Rahne plans to “restructure responsibilities” on his coaching staff to account for Patenaude’s resignation, ODU said in the statement.

A 30-year coaching veteran, Patenaude came to ODU when he was fired after three seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia Tech.

He and Rahne have known each other since both were on the staff at Holy Cross in 2004.

David Hall, david.hall@pilotonline.com

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