Gary Patterson

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Gary Patterson
Coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs.JPG
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team TCU
Conference Big 12
Record 141–47
Annual salary $3 million (2012)[1]
Biographical details
Born (1960-02-13) February 13, 1960 (age 55)
Rozel, Kansas
Playing career
1978–1979 Dodge City CC
1980–1981 Kansas State
Position(s) Safety, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982 Kansas State (GA)
1983–1984 Tennessee Tech (LB)
1986 UC Davis (LB)
1987 Cal Lutheran (DC)
1988 Pittsburg State (LB)
1989–1991 Sonoma State (DC)
1992 Oregon Lightning Bolts
1992–1994 Utah State (DB)
1995 Navy (DB)
1996–1997 New Mexico (DC/S)
1998–2000 TCU (DC/S)
2000–present TCU
Head coaching record
Overall 141–47
Bowls 8–5
Accomplishments and honors
1 C-USA (2002)
4 MWC (2005, 2009–2011)
1 Big 12 (2014)
2x AFCA Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)[2]
2x AP Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (2009)
2x Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)[3][4]
George Munger Award (2009)
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2009)
2x SN Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)
2x Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)
2x The Woody Hayes Trophy (2009, 2014)
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2014)[5]
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2014)
C-USA Coach of the Year (2002)
2x MWC Coach of the Year (2005, 2009)[6]
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2014)[7]

Gary Patterson (born February 13, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Texas Christian University (TCU). Patterson has led the TCU Horned Frogs to six conference championships—the Conference USA title in 2002, four Mountain West Conference titles, and Big 12 Conference co-championship in 2014—and eight bowl game wins including a victory in the 2011 Rose Bowl. His 2010 squad finished the season undefeated at 13–0 after a 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on New Year's Day 2011, and ranked second in the final tallying of both major polls.

Early life, playing career, education, and family[edit]

Patterson grew up in Rozel, Kansas and played football at Dodge City Community College and at Kansas State University. Patterson is married to Kelsey Patterson (née Hayes). He has three sons: Josh, Cade and Blake. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1983 from Kansas State University, where he became a member of the Acacia Fraternity. While coaching at Tennessee Technological University he earned a master's degree in educational administration in 1984. Outside of coaching, Patterson plays guitar and performs at charity events around the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the off season.

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Patterson began his coaching career in 1982 at Kansas State University as an assistant to head coach Jim Dickey. After subsequently serving a number of years as an assistant coach at a number of different schools, Patterson was hired by Dennis Franchione as the defensive coordinator at the University of New Mexico in 1996. He had previously served as a linebackers coach at Tennessee Tech (1983-1984) where Franchione was the offensive coordinator and in the same capacity on Franchione's Pittsburg State University staff in 1988, as well as playing on the 1980 Kansas State Wildcats football team when Franchione was an assistant on the coaching staff. He followed Franchione to Texas Christian University (TCU) in 1998, serving as the defensive coordinator there, as well. He was named head coach at TCU prior to the Mobile Alabama Bowl in December 2000 after Franchione left to become the head coach at the University of Alabama.

Patterson remains friends with current Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill from their time as coaches on Franchione's Pittsburg State staff.[8] Kill served as the best man during Patterson's wedding to wife Kelsey in 2004.[8][dead link]

Head coach at TCU[edit]

Patterson won his 110th game at TCU with a 56-0 rout of Grambling, passing Dutch Meyer as the winningest coach in program history. His teams have won at least 10 games in a season eight times. Only twice have they failed to reach a bowl, in 2004 and 2013. Patterson's Frogs have earned a spot in the year-end top 25 ten times, counting his partial season as head coach in 2000. In 2005, Patterson led the Frogs to the Mountain West Conference championship in their first season as a member. Over the course of the 2005 and 2006 seasons, the Frogs won four consecutive games against Big 12 Conference opponents, with three of the victories coming on the road. Patterson was named the 2005 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year.[6] In January 2007, Patterson turned down a head coaching offer from the University of Minnesota worth over $2 million per year.[9]

Patterson led the 2009 Horned Frogs to a perfect 12–0 regular season record, a Mountain West Conference championship, a #4 final BCS ranking, and an invitation to the 2010 Fiesta Bowl—their first major bowl appearance in 51 years. They ultimately fell by a score of 17–10 to undefeated #6 Boise State. The 2009 Horned Frogs became the second "BCS Buster" from the Mountain West Conference (and the fourth, overall) and seriously threatened to "bust into" the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. Earlier in the day, Cincinnati defeated Pitt on an epic fourth-quarter rally. Cincinnati's win denied the Horned Frogs a shot at playing for the national championship, as it assured that two teams from Automatic Qualifying conferences would finish the regular season undefeated (whoever won the 2009 SEC Championship Game would have also finished undefeated). Patterson was named the 2009 AP Coach of the Year, becoming the first head coach of a non-BCS conference team to win the award.[10] He won a total of seven national "Coach of the Year" awards in 2009[3] in addition to being named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year for the second time (his third conference "Coach of the Year" award, overall).

The following year, Patterson led the 2010 Horned Frogs to a second consecutive undefeated regular season and a #3 final BCS ranking. TCU received the first Rose Bowl invitation offered to a team from a non-AQ conference during the BCS era. The Horned Frogs won the 2011 Rose Bowl, 21–19, over Wisconsin to cap off only the second undefeated and untied season in school history. When TCU entered the Big 12 Conference in 2012, Patterson was faced with 7-6 2012 and 4-8 2013 seasons, but turned it around and led the Horned Frogs to their first Big 12 title in 2014, going 11-1, finishing in the top 5 of polls, with impressive wins over #4 Oklahoma, Minnesota, #7 Kansas State and scoring 82 points behind a 31-point third quarter against Texas Tech.

The 2014 TCU Horned Frogs football team shared a conference title with Baylor and were ranked #6 by the inaugural College Football Playoff selection committee. Patterson once again won several national "Coach of the Year" honors for turning the team around after the disastrous 2013 season. He was also named the Big 12 Chuck Neinas Coach of the Year.[7] Patterson now has four conference coach of the year awards, from three different conferences, all earned while coaching the same program.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
TCU Horned Frogs (Western Athletic Conference) (2000)
2000 TCU 0–1[n 1] [n 1] [n 1] L Mobile Alabama Bowl 18 21
TCU Horned Frogs (Conference USA) (2001–2004)
2001 TCU 6–6 4–3 T–5th L
2002 TCU 10–2 6–2 T–1st W Liberty 22 23
2003 TCU 11–2 7–1 2nd L Fort Worth 24 25
2004 TCU 5–6 3–5 T–6th
TCU Horned Frogs (Mountain West Conference) (2005–2011)
2005 TCU 11–1 8–0 1st W Houston 9 11
2006 TCU 11–2 6–2 2nd W Poinsettia 21 22
2007 TCU 8–5 4–4 5th W Texas
2008 TCU 11–2 7–1 2nd W Poinsettia 7 7
2009 TCU 12–1 8–0 1st L Fiesta 6 6
2010 TCU 13–0 8–0 1st W Rose 2 2
2011 TCU 11–2 7–0 1st W Poinsettia 13 14
TCU Horned Frogs (Big 12 Conference) (2012–present)
2012 TCU 7–6 4–5 T–5th L Buffalo Wild Wings
2013 TCU 4–8 2–7 T–7th
2014 TCU 12–1 8–1 T–1st W Peach 3 3
2015 TCU 9–2 6–2
TCU: 141–47 88–33
Total: 141–47
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ a b c Dennis Franchione coached the first 11 games of the season.


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