|College||Washington State (1980–1984)|
|1999||Houston Comets (assistant)|
|2000–2003||Indiana Fever (assistant)|
|2004||Phoenix Mercury (assistant)|
|2006–2009||Seattle Storm (assistant)|
|2010–present||Minnesota Lynx (assistant)|
Patterson served as Director of Basketball Operations for the Houston Comets during their 1999 championship season. She then served as an assistant coach for the Indiana Fever from 2000 to 2003, and the Phoenix Mercury in 2004.
In 2005, Patterson worked as head coach of the Chicago Blaze of the National Women's Basketball League. Prior to joining the Lynx in 2010, Patterson worked as an assistant coach with the Seattle Storm for three years.