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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
College Basketball Coach

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Golfing
Favorite Quote:
We're All About The Same.

Birthplace

Born:
10/23/1958
Birth Location:
Nashville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
College Basketball Coach

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Golfing
Favorite Quote:
We're All About The Same.

Birthplace

Born:
10/23/1958
Birth Location:
Nashville
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Biography

College basketball coach Ricardo Maurice Patton was born on October 23, 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee to Juanita Patton and Leroy Reed. After his 1976 graduation from Nashville's Hume Fogg High School, where he lettered in basketball, Patton attended Belmont College in his hometown and studied physical education. He earned two athletic letters and was named a small college All-American during his senior year, paving the way for his induction into Belmont's Sports Hall of Fame. Patton earned his bachelor's degree in 1980 and went to work as a studio cameraman at Nashville's CBS affiliate, WTVF-TV. In 1985, his passion for sports began to blossom into a career when he accepted a coaching position at Two Rivers Middle School and Hillwood High School, both in Nashville.

Moving into the arena of college basketball, Patton served as assistant coach for Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee for two seasons between 1988 and 1990. He obtained an M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene College in 1989. In 1990, Patton accepted a post as assistant coach at Arkansas-Little Rock University, but returned to Tennessee in 1991 to assist head coach Frankie Allen at Tennessee State University. Patton achieved the title of head coach at the University of Colorado in 1996. In his first season, he led the Golden Buffaloes to win 22 games - their most wins ever - resulting in their first NCAA Tournament since 1969. The team has continued to play extremely well under his direction, and the recognition Patton earned gained him the title of head coach for the 2000 Big 12 All-Star Team during a tour of Austria. However, Patton prizes good character and determination above basketball skills. To encourage these qualities, he requires his team to take an etiquette class prior to each season.

Patton golfs avidly and holds a fifth-degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Patton and wife Jennifer have two sons, Ricardo, Jr. and Michael.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ricardo Patton describes his parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ricardo Patton talks about his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ricardo Patton shares his Baptist church experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ricardo Patton describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ricardo Patton talks about attending Glen Elementary School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ricardo Patton talks about his struggles during childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ricardo Patton describes his personality as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ricardo Patton describes growing up in poverty
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ricardo Patton describes his childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ricardo Patton recalls his first jobs in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ricardo Patton talks about practicing taekwando
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ricardo Patton talks about playing basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ricardo Patton recalls his self-growth at Hume Fogg High School in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ricardo Patton describes his basketball career at Hume Fogg High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ricardo Patton recalls changing his attitude while attending John C. Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ricardo Patton talks about attending Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ricardo Patton talks about quitting the basketball team at Belmont College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ricardo Patton recalls his basketball career at Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ricardo Patton recounts meeting his wife and leaving Belmont College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ricardo Patton describes his jobs after graduating from Belmont College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ricardo Patton describes coaching at the collegiate level
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ricardo Patton describes his recruiting technique
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ricardo Patton shares his advice to basketball players
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ricardo Patton talks about his transition to head coach at the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ricardo Patton reflects upon the community response to his coaching position
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ricardo Patton describes how his childhood affected his coaching style
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ricardo Patton talks about his coaching techniques
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ricardo Patton describes his coaching strategy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ricardo Patton talks about the challenges he has faced as a coach
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ricardo Patton describes his players' recent injuries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ricardo Patton talks about factors that influence the strength of his team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ricardo Patton talks about his future plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ricardo Patton reflects upon the joys and pressures of coaching basketball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ricardo Patton talks about what college basketball players need to know
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ricardo Patton reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ricardo Patton talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ricardo Patton talks about his two sons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ricardo Patton describes what being a HistoryMaker means to him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ricardo Patton narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ricardo Patton narrates his photographs