, who started the school's junior varsity program in 2007 and then coached the varsity for two years, is leaving for a job at Salisbury.
Patton athletic director Rich Linens announced Adkins' move on Thursday.
"We are sorry to see him leave, and his
tireless work building a program from the ground up has left the football program with a strong foundation," Linen
"Coach Adkins will be missed, and the head football position will be advertised as soon as possible."
Two of Burke County's four high schools are now looking for a new head football coach.
At Salisbury, Adkins will rejoin head coach Joe Pinyan's staff effective Feb. 1.
Adkins was Pinyan's defensive coordinator for two years at Salisbury, starting in 2002.
From there, Adkins became head coach at South Iredell in 2005.
The Vikings went 5-7 and 8-6, and Adkins
was hired to build Patton's program before the school opened in 2007.
At Salisbury, Adkins
joins a program coming off a 10-5 season that included losing at Newton-Conover in the West 2AA championship game.
"I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with a fine Patton program and Burke County School system and will miss the kids the most," Adkins