K-State Inks Patterson to New Contract

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's basketball coach Deb Patterson has agreed to a new five-year contract, continuing her leadership of the Wildcat program through the 2014 season, Director of Athletics John Currie announced Thursday.

Patterson, the all-time winningest coach in school history with a 267-150 (.640) record, is currently in her 14th season at K-State and continues to mold Kansas State women's basketball into one of the most successful programs in the nation both on the court and in the classroom.

"Coach Patterson exemplifies everything that is right about collegiate athletics," Currie said.  "Under her guidance, our women's basketball program has been incredibly successful on the court with two Big 12 Championships and eight consecutive postseason appearances, and the academic accomplishments of her teams are unparalleled. We have a tremendous amount of faith in her leadership and are excited about the future of K-State women's basketball."

In addition to earning recognition in 2009 for having the highest team grade-point average among all BCS conference institutions, under Patterson's direction K-State has won two Big 12 titles (2003 and 2008), made eight NCAA Tournament appearances in 13 seasons and captured the program's first postseason title when it won the 2006 WNIT Championship. Also, 35 players have earned All-Big 12 honors, five have garnered All-America distinction and eight student-athletes have gone on to play professionally in the WNBA during her tenure.

Under the new contract, which is retroactive to April 15, 2009, Patterson will be paid a base salary of $485,000 in the 2009-10 contract year, $525,000 in 2010-11, $550,000 in 2011-12, $575,000 in 2012-13 and $600,000 in 2013-14.

The contract calls for performance incentives that could reward Patterson up to an additional 32-percent of her base salary for each contract year, plus $25,000 for being selected by the Big 12 Conference as the women's basketball coach of the year and $50,000 for earning National Coach of the Year honors from the WBCA and/or Associated Press.

"I appreciate the opportunity President Schulz and John Currie have given me to continue to lead the K-State women's basketball program," Patterson said. "I am privileged to be a part of one of America's finest universities and to work with student-athletes and a staff committed to excellence. My staff, players and I are enthusiastically dedicated to maintaining Kansas State women's basketball as one of the premier programs in the country."

Over the past decade, the two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year has catapulted the Wildcat program into the national spotlight as a consistent top-25 nationally-ranked program, a leader in academic achievement and one of the top-25 national leaders in NCAA Division I women's basketball attendance.

"Our women's basketball program, led by Coach Patterson, is a model representation of Kansas State University and I am grateful for her continued commitment to excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community," President Kirk Schulz added.

K-State set a school record and had a Big 12-best eight student-athletes named Academic All-Big 12 in each of the last two seasons under Patterson and was the only BCS program in the country to be named to the WBCA Academic Top-25 Team Honor Roll in each of the last two years.

In five of the last eight seasons, the Wildcats have finished in the top 15 nationally in attendance and have placed in the top 40 in national attendance in each of Patterson's 14 years. The top 10 single season crowds in school history have occurred in the Patterson Era, including eight sellout games.