Steve Patterson (sports executive)

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Steve Patterson is the former athletic director of the University of Texas Longhorns. He is the former president and general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers National Basketball Association franchise.

Patterson joined the Trail Blazers as the team president in June 2003. He became the general manager after John Nash's contract was not renewed in May 2006, and served in both roles until unexpectedly resigning on March 1, 2007.[1]

Patterson had previously worked as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Houston Texans of the National Football League, Governor,President and General Manager of the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League, and General Manager and Alternate Governor of the Houston Rockets.[2]

Steve Patterson was named Arizona State University's Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director on March 28, 2012. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer for Sun Devil Athletics and Managing Director of Sun Devil Sports Group. His responsibilities included Arizona State business operations and the operation of sports facilities.

On November 5, 2013, Patterson was announced as the next University of Texas Athletic Director to replace the retiring DeLoss Dodds.[3] He was relieved from his duties as an athletic director on September 15, 2015.

Steve Patterson is son of Ray Patterson, who was general manager of the NBA's Houston Rockets from 1972 to 1990.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Whitsitt
Portland Trail Blazers President
Succeeded by
Tod Leiweke (interim)
Preceded by
John Nash
Portland Trail Blazers General Manager
Succeeded by
Tod Leiweke (interim)