Keith Patterson is in his eighth year at The University of Tulsa. Patterson serves as co-defensive coordinator for the Hurricane, a position he has held for the past four seasons, and also coaches the Tulsa linebackers.
During his tenure, Patterson, has coached in five Bowl games with the Hurricane -- including the Humanitarian Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Armed Forced Bowl and two GMAC Bowls, helping the Hurricane post a 3-2 Bowl record. In his time, Tulsa has participated in three of the first four Conference USA Championship Games, winning the title in 2005. Patterson has helped Tulsa win 55 games in his seven seasons.
He was promoted to defensive coordinator on Jan. 1, 2006, the day following Tulsa's win over Fresno State, 31-24, in the 2005 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Patterson spent the 2006 campaign also coaching the safeties. He coached the linebackers for five seasons (2003-05, 2007-08), and returned to coaching the safeties in 2009.
Patterson has coached 10 players to all-conference honors in his seven seasons, including three first-team all-conference linebackers, Nick Bunting in 2006, Chris Chamberlain and Nelson Coleman in 2007.
Those three linebackers currently rank among the top-10 tackle leaders in school history. Coleman went on to set the school's all-time record with 413 career stops, while Chamberlain finished his career ranked fifth on the school's career chart with 352 tackles. Bunting ranks ninth on the school's tackles chart with 327 stops. Chamberlain currently plays with the St. Louis Rams.
Bunting was named the 2003 Western Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and in 2006 was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Tulsa's defensive unit ranked first against the run in Conference USA in 2008 and was 37th nationally.
In 2006, Tulsa's defense led Conference USA in total defense and pass defense under Patterson's guidance. Tulsa was second in scoring defense and third in rush defense. The Hurricane ranked 11th nationally in pass defense and 21st in total defense, allowing only 159.2 passing yards and 296.8 total yards.
In 2005, he was instrumental in helping the Tulsa defensive unit rank among the tops in C-USA and nationally. That year, Tulsa was first in C-USA for takeaways, pass defense and pass defense efficiency; second in total defense and third in scoring defense.
Patterson, 45, came to Tulsa with 16 years coaching experience on the prep level in Oklahoma and Texas. He spent two years (2000 and `02) as linebackers, defensive backs and special teams coach at Allen (Texas) High School. He also coached at Allen High School from 1995-96. He spent three of his five seasons at Allen coaching under current Tulsa Head Coach Todd Graham.
Before that, he was the head football coach at Ardmore (Okla.) High School for three seasons (1997-99). At Ardmore, Patterson led his team to the District 5A-1 Championship in 1999, while earning district Coach of the Year honors.
In 1994, Patterson was the head coach at Edmond Santa Fe (Okla.) High School. Prior to that, he served as defensive secondary coach at Edmond Memorial High School for two seasons (1992-93). He began his high school coaching career in 1988 at Altus (Okla.) High School where he coached the outside linebackers and defensive backs for four years. He helped lead Altus to a state runner-up finish in Class 4A, while helping Edmond Memorial to a Class 6A runner-up finish in 1993.
He received his bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation from East Central (Okla.) University in 1986. Patterson was a four-year letterman at defensive back at ECU from 1982 through 1985. In 1986, he served as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater. Patterson earned his master's degree in kinesiology and sport studies in 2003 from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Patterson's wife's name is Melissa. He has two daughters: Fallon and Erin; and stepdaughter Bretlie and stepson Kelby.
Alma Mater: East Central `86
Birthdate: May 20, 1964
Hometown: Marlow, Oklahoma
College Coaching Experience: 9 years (1986-87, 2003-09). Completed seventh year at Tulsa in 2009.
Playing Experience: Four-year letterman and starter as a defensive back (1982-85). He served as team captain his junior and senior seasons, and was a member of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Champions in 1984 and '85.
Bowl Games as a Coach 2003 - Humanitarian Bowl (Tulsa) 2004 - AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Tulsa) 2006 - Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Tulsa) 2008 - GMAC Bowl (Tulsa) 2009 - GMAC Bowl (Tulsa)
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