MUNCIE, Ind. - 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 has spent the last two seasons 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 elevated to associate coach.
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. Galligan led the OVC in blocked shots during the 2005-06 season, posting 61 on the year to shatter the previous EIU single-season record of 46, which dated back to 1982.
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, where she helped coordinate the Stay in Bounds silent auction and assisted with the CHAMPS / Life Skills and Continuing Education Conference.
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.
Patterson's parents, Eva Patterson-Heath and her father, Tim Heath, are both coaches at Fayetteville State University. Eva is the head women’s basketball coach, while Tim is an assistant football coach.