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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



Second Year at Ball State
Alma Mater:  North Carolina A&T ‘01
Master’s:  Baylor ‘04


In 2013 Ball State head women’s basketball coach Brady Sallee named Rekha Patterson his associate head coach. Patterson replaced 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.

 In her first season at Ball State, Patterson helped guide the Cardinals to a thrilling run to the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament championship game, the Ball State women’s basketball team made its second-straight trip to the 2014 Women’s National Invitational Tournament and fifth overall in program history.

 The Cardinals became postseason eligible by winning seven of its final eight games en route to advancing to the MAC Tournament championship game for the first time since winning it all in 2009. In the semifinals of the MAC Tournament, Ball State scored a thrilling 73-55 win over 25th-ranked Bowling Green. The Cardinals then lost to No. 3 Akron 79-68 in the title game.

 Ball State had a seven-game winning streak heading into the MAC Tournament championship game, including tournament wins over No. 12 seed Kent State, No. 9 Northern Illinois, No. 4 Buffalo and No. 1 Bowling Green. Ball State is only the third team to ever win four games and the first team to ever play five in a single MAC Tournament.  The Cardinals were also just the third No. 5 seed in league history to compete in the MAC Tournament title game.

 Before coming to Ball State, Patterson spent the 2012-13 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.


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