Trina Patterson begins her third year on the Stanford women's basketball coaching staff in 2012-13, working primarily with the Cardinal front court and assisting in recruiting efforts.
In her two seasons on the Stanford staff the Cardinal has racked up a 68-5 record, capturing the Pac-12 double (conference regular-season and tournament titles) each season and reaching 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.
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.
Prior to arriving on The Farm in 2011-12 Patterson served as head coach at University at Albany, SUNY from 2002-10. She also served two prior head-coaching tenures at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1999-2000) and the College of William & Mary (1991-99).
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 also 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.
At Patterson's first head coaching stop at the College of William & Mary in 1991, she took over a program that had not experienced a winning season at the Division I level. In her second year at the helm, Patterson guided the Tribe to the championship game of the 1993 CAA Tournament, and in her third season led the team to a 20-8 record and a third-place finish in the conference standings. For her efforts, Patterson was named 1993-94 CAA Coach of the Year.
During her eight-year stay at Albany, Patterson was named America East Coach of the Year in 2007-08 after guiding the Great Danes to a school-record 10 wins in conference play. Albany would go on to reach the semifinals of the America East Tournament, while for the first time in program history three players would earn all-conference honors. Kristin Higy and Gia Sanders would earn All-America East honors while Janea Aiken would be named to the all-rookie team.
Albany would go on to establish its Division I level record of 14 victories during the 2004-05 season, finishing 14-14 overall. The Great Danes would increased their win total in each of Patterson's first three seasons while also reaching the America East Tournament semifinal round in her second season.
Patterson has also spent time with USA Basketball in both coaching and administrative roles. Her first USA Basketball coaching stint was in 1998, as she served on Nell Fortner's staff for the R. William Jones Cup squad that went 5-0 and captured the gold medal. This team included future Olympians Tamika Catchings and Becky Harmon. She would next reunite with Ryan, serving on Ryan's staff as an assistant coach with the 2003 USA Basketball Pan-American Games Team that won the silver medal. Patterson helped guide a squad that included former Stanford players Jamie Carey and Nicole Powell, as well as Rebekkah Brunson and Ann Strother. Patterson worked with the post players, including Brunson, who went on to lead the team in scoring and rebounding during the international competition.
Patterson was appointed by the NCAA to serve as an NCAA representative on the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee for the 2005-08 term. The committee is charged with reviewing and making recommendations concerning USA Basketball's women's collegiate events, including the selection of players and coaches. She also played a major role in choosing the developmental college players for the United States national teams. Additionally, Patterson was one of five women's basketball coaches chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee to participate in a coaches' conference, held in Colorado Springs in October 2003.
A native of Newport News, Va., Patterson earned a bachelor's degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia in 1987. She completed a master's degree in human resource management from National University in 2002.
Patterson, who enjoys playing the acoustic guitar, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Carl and the couple has three sons Carl Jr. (CJ), Matthew, and Joshua.