|Sport(s)||Women's college basketball|
|Born||August 30, 1957|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1986–1991||Northern Illinois (Asst.)|
|1991–1992||Southern Illinois (Asst.)|
|1997–1998||USA Basketball (Asst.)|
|2014–present||Northern Colorado (Asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2× Big 12 regular season championships (2003, 2008)|
|2× Big 12 Coach of the Year (2002, 2008)|
Deb Patterson (born August 30, 1957) is currently the director of basketball operations for the Northern Colorado women's basketball team. Patterson is the former head women's basketball coach at Kansas State. She was relieved of her coaching duties on March 9, 2014. She is the all-time winningest coach in school history. On December 20, 2008 she won her 250th career game.
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.
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.
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.
Head coaching record
|Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 Conference) (1996–present)|
|1996–97||Kansas State||19–12||9–7||T-5th||NCAA First Round|
|1998–99||Kansas State||16–14||7–9||8th||WNIT Second Round|
|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|
|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|
|Kansas State:||350–226 (.608)||148–146 (.509)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Women's Basketball". NCAA. Retrieved 12 Aug 2015.
- Patterson is announced as a Assistant at UNC
- "Kansas State fires Deb Patterson". ESPN. March 9, 2014. Retrieved 10 Mar 2014.
- Career coaching fact
- Official K-State Bio
- "EIGHTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES – 1997". USA Basketball. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
- "THIRTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN – 1998". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.