Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Trina Patterson is in her second year as head coach at UNCG during the 2017-18 season. In her first season, she guided the Spartans to a 20-15 overall record, the first 20-win season for the Blue and Gold since 2006-07. UNCG went 7-7 in SoCon play, earning the fourth seed in the conference tournament and advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 2006.
Following the SoCon Tournament, Patterson led the Spartans on a tremendous postseason run in the Women's Basketball Invitational. UNCG earned a road victory at Charleston Southern before knocking off Brown and Milwaukee at Fleming Gymnasium to advance to the WBI Championship Game. The run was UNCG's first trip to the postseason since the 2001-02 season.
After leading the turnaround for the Spartans, she was named the 2017 SoCon Coach of the Year. UNCG had three players earn all-conference nods, headlined by unanimous SoCon Freshman of the Year and second team honoree Nadine Soliman. Senior guard Bailey Williams garnered a third team selection, while forward Te'ja Twitty received all-freshman recognition.
Patterson, a native of Newport News, Va., joined the Spartans after spending three years on the staff at Old Dominion for coach Karen Barefoot. During her time at ODU, the Lady Monarchs posted three straight appearances in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), including second round showings the past two years. She helped ODU record 56 wins over the past three seasons, including a 21-win campaign in 2014-15.
Patterson has helped Old Dominion bring in recruiting classes ranked in the top 50 in the nation the last two seasons. During her time she has helped the Lady Monarchs boast six All-Conference honorees, including Jennie Simms. Simms was named the 2015 C-USA Newcomer of the Year and is a two-time Conference USA All-Conference First Team selection. Patterson's leadership extended far beyond the basketball court as well, as six Lady Monarchs were named to the C-USA All-Academic Team and two received C-USA Academic Medals.
Old Dominion was a defensive force in Conference USA during Patterson's time in Norfolk. The Lady Monarchs finished the season ranked in the top five in six defensive categories, including topping the league in rebounding margin (+6.7) and ranking second in field-goal percentage defense (.397).
Prior to Old Dominion, Patterson spent two seasons working for Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer at Stanford, working primarily with the Cardinal frontcourt and recruiting efforts. During that span Stanford racked up a 68-5 record, capturing the Pac-12 double (conference regular-season and tournament titles) each season and reached its fifth straight Final Four in 2012.
Patterson's work with Stanford's post players both seasons led to the Ogwumike sisters, Nnemkadi and Chiney, being named to the WBCA Coaches' All-America Team in 2012, only the second time that Stanford had landed two players to the prestigious team, and Chiney earning her second straight nod in 2013. Both sisters were named to the Associated Press All-America First Team during this time as Nnemkadi earned the honor in 2012 and Chiney in 2013.
Prior to arriving at Stanford, Patterson served as head coach at University at Albany from 2002-10. She also served two prior head-coaching tenures -- University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1999-2000) and the College of William & Mary (1991-99). She was named conference coach of the year on two different occasions during her 17-year career as leader of a program, earnings honors at both William & Mary and Albany.
As a player, Patterson earned four varsity letters and was a member of four consecutive NCAA Tournament teams under head coach Debbie Ryan at Virginia from 1983-87. During her four years in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers went 95-23, winning 20-plus games each season and capturing three Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season titles. As a team captain during her senior season (1986-87), Patterson helped Virginia post a 26-5 record and reach the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
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