Grew up playing and learning all positions in Tallmadge Youth Leagues especially pitching, catching and at third base. Was on "B" and "AA" title teams in Tallmadge Little League Programs. At St. Vincent-St. Mary High, Pat was an All-City righthanded pitcher-third baseman for the Irish in '82-'83 and was All-Ohio in '83. During the summers he toiled for Dineen Electric in Connie Mack action. He then went to Kent State U and became a 4-year letterman, was 2nd team all-MAC '86, 1st team all-MAC '87, KSU captain in '86-87, had the career K's with the Flashes. Joined the Twins in '87 (Kenosha) Midwest League Champs and was named to Midwest All-Star team. Was an All-Star again in '88 with a 17-5 record at Kenosha. Was with Orlando (AA) '89; Portland (AAA) '90; posted 16 wins with Southern League Champs Orlando in 1991. In '92 was a volunteer coach at Ohio State U; in '93 became full time pitching coach for the Buckeyes. Played 3 years in AA with C&P Sales Co., making one All-Star team.