Patterson Receives 5-Year Contract

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson has agreed in principle to a new five-year contract, continuing her leadership of the Wildcat program through the 2010-11 season, Director of Athletics Tim Weiser announced today.


Patterson is entering her 11th season at K-State, where she has recorded 199 victories and needs just eight wins this season to surpass Judy Akers as the school’s winningest coach.


“Deb’s long record of success at Kansas State speaks for itself,” Weiser said.  “We have a great deal of faith in her leadership of this program and I believe this agreement demonstrates our total commitment to Wildcat women’s basketball.”


Terms and conditions of the agreement will be finalized and released at a later date, Weiser said.


“I am ecstatic about the opportunity to continue leading this great program for the next five years,” Patterson said.  “I respect the consistent support of President Wefald, Tim Weiser and our athletics administration and appreciate their commitment to making Kansas State one of the finest women’s basketball programs in the country.”


Over the past decade, Patterson has fashioned the Wildcat program into a consistent Top 25 program and NCAA Tournament contender, while ranking among the nation’s leaders in women's basketball attendance.


In 2005-06, Patterson directed a youthful squad with only one senior to its first postseason championship title in school history when the Wildcats captured the Postseason WNIT title before a sellout crowd in Bramlage Coliseum.  Prior to last season, K-State made four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2002 that earned her Big 12 Conference and national Coach of the Year honors.