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Rekha Patterson
Position: Associate Head Coach
Hometown: Red Springs, N.C.
Alma Mater: North Carolina A&T
Graduating Year: 2001
Rekha Patterson Bio
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 06/03/2013


Ball State head women’s basketball coach Brady Sallee has announced the hiring of Rekha Patterson to become his associate head coach. Patterson replaces former assistant coach Ashleen Bracey who left to become an assistant at UAB. It will be the second stint at Ball State for Patterson, who served on the Cardinals staff in 2006-07.


"What a big day for our program,” said Sallee. “To be able to hire someone the quality of Rekha is, without a doubt, a slam dunk. Her experience at the absolute highest level of women's basketball, being a part of a national championship and the fact that she and I have worked together in the past made this a no-brainer. She will bring so much to the table I don't even know where to begin. We are lucky to be able to call Rekha a Cardinal again!"


Patterson spent last season as the associate coach/recruiting coordinator at Baylor, helping the Bears to a 74-2 record. In 2012, Baylor became the first team ever to win 40 games, posting an unbeaten mark on the way to a national championship. Patterson served as coordinator of basketball operations for three seasons before being promoted.


Prior to Baylor, Patterson coached at Creighton (2007-08), Ball State (2006-07) and Eastern Illinois (2004-06), where she was the post coach under Sallee. At Eastern Illinois, she helped current Ball State assistant coach Rachel Galligan to Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year accolades.


During Patterson’s career, she has reached post-season play in 9 of 11 years, reached two Final Fours, four Sweet 16’s, and seven Big 12 championships.  In addition to coaching Galligan to accolades, she has coached two National Freshman of the Year, one two-time National Player of the Year (Brittney Griner), four College All-American’s, and numerous All-Conference performers.  Nine of her former players have or still are playing professionally.  She also played an instrumental role in signing eight high school All-Americans.


Patterson got her start as a graduate assistant at Baylor from 2002-04. Before that, she spent one year in the NCAA office as an Education Services intern.


A native of Red Springs, N.C., Patterson was a four-year letterwinner and a two-time captain in women's basketball at North Carolina A&T where she earned a bachelor's degree in public relations in 2001. Patterson earned her master's degree in education with a sports management emphasis from Baylor in 2004.