KSU fires Patterson after 18 seasons

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Kansas State Athletics Director John Currie announced Sunday that Deb Patterson has bee relieved of her duties as Women’s Head Basketball coach.

Through K-State Athletics, Currie released a statement saying: “Coach Patterson and I met Friday night and I shared with her my decision to make a change in leadership of our women’s basketball program.” Currie also thanked Patterson for her service to the university and the women’s basketball program.

Patterson became coach of the Wildcats in 1996, the first year of the Big 12 and in that first season led the Wildcats to the Big 12 Tournament Championship game and NCAA Tournament. K-State’s finest season under Patterson was in 2001-02 when the Wildcats reached the NCAA Women’s Tournament Sweet 16. The following year the program achieved its highest ranking when it rose to #2. K-State also won Big 12 Championships under Patterson in 2004 and 2008 and won the 2006 Women’s National Invitation Tournament the only National postseason Championship won by either the Men’s or Women’s Basketball teams. Overall, Patterson won 350 games while taking K-State to nine NCAA tournaments making her the all-time winningest coach in program history.

The last two seasons however have seen the Wildcats win just a total of 10 conference games and K-State’s 2013-14 season came to an end on Friday night with an 87-84 overtime loss to Kansas in the first round of the Phillips 66 Women’s Basketball Championship in Oklahoma City.

Currie said a national search would begin immediately for Patterson’s successor.


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