June 13, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford assistant coach Trina Patterson has been named an assistant coach at Old Dominion University, Lady Monarchs head coach Karen Barefoot announced Thursday.
Patterson, who previously served head-coaching stints at Albany, The College of William and Mary, and Maryland Eastern Shore, spent two seasons on The Farm (2011-13) during which the Cardinal went 68-5, reached a Final Four (2012) and twice claimed the Pac-12 double (regular season and tournament titles in the same season).
"I would like to thank Tara VanDerveer for the opportunity to work with her, her staff and this amazing program at Stanford," Patterson said. "It has been an incredible past two years filled with many great memories of working with a top-notch staff as well as a top-notch group of student-athletes. It is such a unique experience at Stanford being surrounded by the excellence of the university and the athletic department. I am looking forward to the opportunity to go back home and work with an Old Dominion program that owns such a rich women's basketball tradition."
"Trina has done a fabulous job for us here at Stanford. I hate to see her leave, but I am 100 percent supportive of her pursuing this great opportunity at Old Dominion and having the chance to return home to Virginia. This is a slam-dunk hire for Old Dominion," said Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball Tara VanDerveer.
Patterson, who worked primarily with Stanford's post players, helped a number of Cardinal front-liners to national and conference accoloades. In 2012, the Ogwumike sisters, Nnemkadi and Chiney, were both named to the WBCA Coaches' All-America Team and marking only the second time that Stanford had landed two players to the prestigious team. Chiney would go on to earn her second straight nod in 2013 in addition to being a consensus national player of the year candidate. 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.
Forward Joslyn Tinkle was another post who benefited from Patterson's tutelage, earning her first nod to the All-Pac-12 Team in 2013 after a career year in which she led the Pac-12 with 1.83 blocks per game and averaged career highs of 11.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. In 2011-12 Tinkle enjoyed a breakout season in which she put up career bests of 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Over Stanford's five 2012 NCAA Tournament games Tinkle averaged 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and shot 51.5 percent from the field.
During her 17-year head coaching career, Patterson guided 18 players to America East and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference honors, among those a conference rookie of the year, and members of all-conference, all-rookie, all-defensive, all-academic and all-tournament teams.
Patterson will also return to her home state of Virginia, where during her four-year playing career at the University of Virginia was a member of four consecutive NCAA Tournament teams under head coach Debbie Ryan 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.