Football

T. Roger Wrenn

November 29, 1946 ~ May 30, 2022 (age 75)

Obituary

Thomas Roger Wrenn of Ellicott City, Maryland passed away peacefully on Monday May 30, 2022 at the age of 75.
The son of T. Randall Wrenn and Almeda Wrenn (nee McMurray) was born on November 29,1946 in Washington D.C.  
He graduated from High Point High School in 1965 where he played 3 years of varsity football.  Roger went on to play football at Frostburg State University and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in physical education in 1969.
Roger then began his 43 year teaching and coaching career in Maryland.
In 1974 Roger took the job as a physical education teacher and Head varsity football coach and Head varsity baseball coach at Patterson High School in Baltimore, Md.  and thus began his legacy.
He won numerous football championships over the years including Baltimore City (8), Maryland Scholastic Association (3), MPSSAA Regionals (6), and MPSSAA Semi-finalist (3).
His career football record at Patterson-32 years: 237-96-2. He is the 5th all-time winningest football coach in Maryland.
Coach Wrenn was inducted into the Md. State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.  He was Football Coach of the Year 8 times and Ravens’ Coach of the Year in 2011.
Roger coached baseball at Patterson for 29 years amassing a record of 431-169-2.
This record is the second most wins by a public school coach in Maryland history.
Like football he won numerous championships, Coach of the Year, and was the 4A State Finalist in 1998. He also is in the  Maryland Baseball Coaches Hall of a Fame.
He spent the last 6 years of his career at Baltimore Polytechnic High School in Baltimore teaching and coaching football. His football record at Poly was 47-17 including 4 wins over their rival City College.
While his success on the field was without question Coach Wrenn was a leader, mentor, and a father figure to the East Baltimore community that he served.  He knew how to motivate, get players to believe in themselves, and instill in them responsibility and discipline.  Numerous former players are now in the coaching field spreading the life lessons they learned from Coach.
In retirement he enjoyed traveling with his wife Donna throughout the United States and abroad.  He also cherished the time he could spend with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Coach Wrenn is survived by his wife Donna Bowers, his daughter Kelly Snyder (Tom) Raleigh NC, his son T. Russell Wrenn (Erin) Baltimore, his son Alexander Wrenn, Baltimore, his brother Douglas Wrenn (Denise) Nashville TN, his sister Wendy Steinhorn (Allan) Highland Md.   He is also survived by 7 grandchildren Caitlin, Sarah, Courtney, Siobhan, T. Ronan, Cormac, Cavan, and 4 great grandchildren Sawyer, Charlie, Eli, and Dean. Roger was preceded in death by his parents Randall and Almeda Wrenn and his sister Leah Hillock (Don). An earlier marriage to Linda Wrenn ended in divorce.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Patterson Alumni Association c/o Patterson High School 100 Kane Street Baltimore, Md. 21224. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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