Deb Patterson

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Deb Patterson
Deb Patterson head women's basketball coach Kansas State cropped.jpg
Sport(s) Women's college basketball
Biographical details
Born (1957-08-30) August 30, 1957 (age 60)
Playing career
1975–1979 Rockford
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1986 Hononegah HS
1986–1991 Northern Illinois (Asst.)
1991–1992 Southern Illinois (Asst.)
1992–1996 Vanderbilt (Asst.)
1997–1998 USA Basketball (Asst.)
1996–2014 Kansas State
2014–present Northern Colorado (Asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 350–226 (.608)
Accomplishments and honors
Big 12 regular season championships (2003, 2008)
2× Big 12 Coach of the Year (2002, 2008)

Deb Patterson (born August 30, 1957)[1] is currently the director of basketball operations for the Northern Colorado women's basketball team.[2] Patterson is the former women's basketball program head coach at Kansas State. She was relieved of her coaching duties on March 9, 2014.[3] She holds the school's all-time winningest head coach record. On December 20, 2008 she won her 250th career game.[4]

A native of Rockford, Ill., Patterson graduated from Rockford West High School then attended Rockford College, where she was a member of the Rockford College Hall of Fame after playing field hockey from 1975–79. Although she never played basketball in college, she later went on to coach basketball.

In the 2005 season, she led the Wildcats to a WNIT championship win. Their 24–10 team marked the fifth consecutive 20 win season under coach Patterson. The 2004 team went 24–8 including 12–4 in the conference, and finished 16th in the nation, by the AP poll. Over the last five years her teams have gone 70–10 on their home court, despite off-court turmoil involving the emotional abuse of many players and assistant coaches as reported by the Kansas City Star in October 2008.

In 2008, Patterson led the Wildcats to a Big 12 Conference Regular season championship, after finishing in last place in 2007. Her worst to first accomplishment earned her the Big 12 coach of the year award. The Wildcats went on to lose their first game in the 2008 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament against Iowa State, 66–65 in Overtime.

In the last five seasons the Wildcats have ranked in the Top 15 nationally in total attendance under her tenure. The Top ten crowds in school history have all occurred during her tenure. In the 2002 season, her team went 29–5, establishing school records for wins and winning percentage. At one point Kansas State was ranked 2nd in the nation, which was the highest ranking in school history. She also served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, and Southern Illinois.[5]

USA Basketball[edit]

In 1997, Patterson was named an assistant coach of the USA representative to the World University Games, held in Marsala, Sicily, Italy. The USA team had not won gold in this biennial event since 1991. This year, the USA team would be dominant, with easy victories in all but one contest. After winning their first three contests by no fewer than 38 points, the USA team faced Russia. The game had five ties and 13 lead changes. Connecticut's Nykesha Sales led the scoring of the USA team with 17 points, hitting connective baskets in the second half to give the USA a lead it would not give up. The USA went on to win the game 78–70. The USA went on to win the two medal rounds games, with a 100–82 victory over Cuba to give the USA team the gold medal.[6]

In 1998, Patterson was named an assistant coach of the USA National Team, under head coach Nell Fortner. The USA team competed in the World Championships held in three cities in Germany, including Berlin, Germany. The USA team won all six of the preliminary round games, with most game in double-digit margins. The one exception was the opening round game against Japan, which the USA team won 95–89. In the quarterfinals, the USA team beat Slovakia 89–62. In the semifinal match up against Brazil. the USA team was behind by ten points in the first half, but came back and won by 14 points. The championship game was a rematch against Russia, a team the USA had defeated by 36 points in the preliminary round. However, the gold medal game would unfold very differently. The USA team was behind most of the game, with a nine-point deficit at halftime. When there were under two minutes to play, the USA was still behind, but Ruthie Bolton hit a three-pointer to give the USA team a one-point lead. After the Russians tied the game, Bolton hit another three to give the USA team a lead they would not relinquish. The USA team won 71–65 to win the gold medal.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 Conference) (1996–present)
1996–97 Kansas State 19–12 9–7 T-5th NCAA First Round
1997–98 Kansas State 11–17 4–12 T-9th
1998–99 Kansas State 16–14 7–9 8th WNIT Second Round
1999–00 Kansas State 13–17 6–10 8th
2000–01 Kansas State 12–16 2–14 T-11th
2001–02 Kansas State 26–8 11–5 T-3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002–03 Kansas State 29–5 14–2 2nd NCAA Second Round
2003–04 Kansas State 25–6 14–2 1st NCAA Second Round
2004–05 Kansas State 24–8 12–4 3rd NCAA Second Round
2005–06 Kansas State 24–10 8–8 T-6th WNIT Champions
2006–07 Kansas State 19–15 4–12 T-11th WNIT Final Four
2007–08 Kansas State 22–10 13–3 1st NCAA Second Round
2008–09 Kansas State 25–8 10–6 5th NCAA Second Round
2009–10 Kansas State 14–18 5–11 T-8th
2010–11 Kansas State 21–11 10–6 T-3rd NCAA First Round
2011–12 Kansas State 20–14 9–9 T-4th NCAA 2nd Round
2012–13 Kansas State 19–18 5–13 8th WNIT Final Four
2013–14 Kansas State 11–19 5–13 8th
Kansas State: 350–226 (.608) 148–146 (.509)
Total: 350–226 (.608)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball". NCAA. Retrieved 12 Aug 2015. 
  2. ^ Patterson is announced as a Assistant at UNC
  3. ^ "Kansas State fires Deb Patterson". ESPN. March 9, 2014. Retrieved 10 Mar 2014. 
  4. ^ Career coaching fact
  5. ^ Official K-State Bio
  6. ^ "EIGHTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES – 1997". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "THIRTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN – 1998". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.