Patterson Named Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Recipient

Deb Patterson garnered the Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award from the FCA on Thursday.

March 29, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson has been named the 2012 Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award winner in an announcement by the FCA on Thursday afternoon. The presentation will be made Sunday, April 1, during a breakfast ceremony at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Denver.

Named for the late North Carolina State coaching icon Kay Yow, the award is presented annually by FCA to honor a basketball coach who has exemplified biblical principles over the course of his or her career. The late Kay Yow, who passed away from breast cancer in 2009, was presented with the inaugural award at the 2008 Women’s Final Four in Tampa.

“Like Coach Yow, Deb Patterson sees her platform as a coach to be more than just about wins and losses,” said FCA National Director of Events Donna Noonan. “She sees it as an opportunity to help young women become the individuals the Lord created them to be. Her impact as a coach is best expressed by one of her players, ‘Coach Patterson has been the most influential person in my life. I have the utmost respect, appreciation and admiration for her as not only a coach, but more importantly as a person. She was a coach that truly exemplified living a life for Christ in how she coached and interacted with us each and every day.’”

Patterson, the winningest head coach in K-State women’s basketball history, recently completed her 16th season at Kansas State, in which she guided the program to its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance under her leadership and the 13th in the program’s storied history. K-State achieved the 23rd 20-win season in the program’s history, and the ninth under Patterson, with a 20-14 record and a tie for fourth in the Big 12 Conference.

Off the court, Patterson has been recognized by numerous organizations for her leadership skills. Most
recently, she was inducted into FCA’s Hall of Champions for giving above and beyond the call of duty, as well as upholding FCA’s Four Core Values of Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence. She has also received the Outstanding Leadership Award from Kansas State's Leadership Studies and Programs in 2001 and has been recognized as a "Champion of Diversity," an honorary Colonel for Kansas State University Army ROTC, and as Honorary Commander for the Kansas State University Air Force ROTC. In the community, she is an active member of the advisory committee for the Coronado Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and Manhattan Young Life.

Since its launch in 2008, the award has honored a stellar lineup of coaches who have made an impact both on and off the basketball court: Kay Yow (2008), Jane Albright (2009), Nancy Wilson (2010) and Sue Ramsey (2011).