Coach Paul Patterson is also recognized as recently becoming the all-time most winning coach in Indiana college basketball history at a 2-year or 4-year school. Every player to play four years for Coach Patterson at Taylor University has gone on to earn a college degree.
During Thursday’s legislative session, Coach Patterson’s accomplishments were recognized with a standing ovation from all legislators, staff and members of the public that were present.
“I feel honored to present this resolution recognizing Coach Paul Patterson,” said Rep. Turner. “As a Taylor alumnus, I am extremely proud of Coach Patterson for his extraordinary career accomplishments and how he has built strong basketball teams both on and off the court. Coach Patterson instills qualities like discipline, commitment and dedication in his team. He has not only focused on his team’s success on the court, he emphasized building character in his players and developing Christian men.”
His 33rd season at Taylor University, Coach Paul Patterson made Indiana college basketball history Saturday, December 3, 2011 when he recorded his 700th win as Taylor University Trojans defeated Bethel College 85-67.
A win over Indiana Wesleyan University on January 10, 2012 put Patterson at his 707th career game wins. Bob Knight is second on the list behind Patterson with 661 victories while at Indiana University.
“I am so pleased we are recognizing a member of our community today, Coach Paul Patterson,” said Rep. Mahan. “He has accomplished so much and been so successful in his time at Taylor – truly becoming one of the elite coaches in college basketball. In addition to that, he has mentored his players throughout the years ensuring they became honorable and successful men. I applaud all that Coach Patterson has done.”
Patterson arrived at Taylor University in 1979. Since then, Taylor University Trojans have won 15 conference championships and made 14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship appearances, including a Final Four trip in 1991.
The NAIA Hall of Fame has recorded 26 winning seasons and has received 12 ‘Coach of the Year’ awards, including NAIA Coach of the Year in 1991.
More than 25 of Coach Patterson’s former players are actively coaching at the college or high school levels.
Seven of those are head coaches in the college ranks, including John Groce at Ohio University, Chris Holtmann of Gardner-Webb University, Steve Brooks of Indiana Wesleyan University, Chad Tapp of Indiana University South Bend, Scott Polsgrove of Lees-McRae College, and Ty Platt of Huntington University.
Rep. P. Eric Turner serves as Speaker Pro Tem and represents District 32 which includes parts of Grant, Miami, Tipton, Howard, and Hamilton Counties.