Gary Patterson

Gary  Patterson

Head Coach | 16th Season

Alma Mater:
Kansas State | 1983


Post-Game Notes: TCU 47, Oregon 41 (3 OT)

No. 11 TCU 47, No. 15 Oregon 41 (3 OT)


Post-Game Notes: TCU 52, Kansas State 45

TCU 52, Kansas State 45


Boykin Throws 5 TDs, No. 3 TCU Blows Out Texas 50-7

TCU wins 13th-straight game


TCU Postgame Notes vs. Texas

TCU Postgame Notes vs. Texas


No. 3 TCU routs Stephen F. Austin 70-7

The Horned Frogs (2-0) won their 14th straight home opener under Gary Patterson.


No. 13 TCU 23, Kansas 17

Check out the photo gallery from the No. 13 TCU football game against Kansas.


TCU 40, West Virginia 10

TCU earns its 16th consecutive victory with a 40-10 victory over West Virginia on Thursday night.


TCU vs. West Virginia: 10/29/15

Photos by Michael Clements


TCU vs. West Virginia: 10/29/15

Photos by Patrick Green


Football: TCU vs. Texas

Football: TCU vs. Texas Photos by Patrick Green

Since taking over the helm of the Horned Frogs in December 2000, Gary Patterson has become synonymous with TCU football and Fort Worth.

Patterson, the Horned Frogs' all-time winningest coach with 143 victories, led TCU to a 2014 Big 12 championship in just its third season in the conference. TCU won its sixth conference championship, in three different leagues, under Patterson. The Horned Frogs have won at least 11 games in nine of the last 14 seasons. Prior to Patterson's arrival on campus in 1998, TCU had just four 10-win seasons in its history.

Patterson received honorable-mention Big 12 Coach of the Year recognition in 2015. Despite having 20 starters sidelined at different points in the season and playing a total of 30 freshmen, which ranked second nationally, TCU posted an 11-2 record. The season culminated with a 47-41 triple-overtime victory over Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Trailing 31-0 at halftime, the Horned Frogs tied for the largest comeback win in bowl history and the second largest ever in an FBS game.

Patterson received 10 National Coach of the Year honors in 2014. He was honored by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, AFCA, Associated Press, Home Depot,, and He also received the Eddie Robinson Award, Paul "Bear" Bryant Award and Woody Hayes Award.

Patterson has won a total of 20 National Coach of the Year honors in his 15-year head coaching tenure at TCU.

Patterson's .753 winning percentage (143-47) ranks fifth among active coaches nationally (minimum 10 years). He is also one of just four active coaches with at least 143 victories at their current school.

TCU is 38-4 as a top-10 team under Patterson, including 27-2 when in the Associated Press or USA Today Top 5. Since 2000, TCU's 25-2 record (.926) as an AP Top 5 team is the best mark nationally.

The fourth-longest tenured head coach in the nation, Patterson became TCU's career leader in wins with a 56-0 victory over Grambling State in the 2012 season opener, a game that also marked the debut of the new Amon G. Carter Stadium. The previous TCU mark of 109 wins was held by Dutch Meyer (1934-52).

The success of the program under his leadership was key in TCU securing an invitation to the Big 12 Conference and the $164 million rebuild of Amon G. Carter Stadium.

In August 2011, Patterson was named the nation's top coach by Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. Sporting News tabbed him in January 2012 as the nation's third-best coach.

In leading TCU to back-to-back BCS appearances in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, including a 2011 Rose Bowl championship, Patterson received 10 National Coach of the Year honors.

The Horned Frogs have won eight conference titles with Patterson on staff in addition to posting 11 of the school's 15 10-win seasons. The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games in 10 of the last 14 years.

During his 18 years on campus, including three seasons as defensive coordinator (1998-00), Patterson has seen TCU make 16 bowl appearances. From 2005-08, Patterson led the Horned Frogs to four straight bowl victories for the first time in school history. During that stretch, TCU was one of just seven schools nationally to have an active bowl-game winning streak of at least four in a row.

TCU is 11-5 in bowl games with Patterson on its coaching staff and 9-5 with him as head coach. Prior to Patterson's arrival on campus in 1998, the Horned Frogs had just four bowl wins in their history.

In 15 seasons as a head coach, Patterson has coached 188 All-Conference selections, 16 first-team All-Americans, 18 Freshman All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans.

As TCU's head coach, Patterson has had 36 players drafted with a total of 82 in NFL camps.

Patterson's success on the gridiron is also mirrored in the classroom for his players. In each of the last eight seasons, TCU has been recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as one of the nation's leaders in its graduation rate for student-athletes. TCU was one of just a few schools to achieve a graduation rate of 90 percent or better for its football student-athletes who entered as freshmen in 2005.

TCU was also one of just four programs to finish in the top 25 in the final 2010 polls and in the Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Since the NCAA began tracking statistics in 1937, TCU trails only Alabama for the most times leading the nation in total defense. The Crimson Tide have been No. 1 six times, while all five No. 1 rankings (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010) for the Horned Frogs are in the last 14 seasons under Patterson. From 2008-10, TCU became just the third program in NCAA history to lead the nation in total defense in three consecutive seasons.

TCU's winning record in its first season in the Big 12 in 2012 came with the Horned Frogs fielding one of the youngest teams in the country. TCU tied for the national lead in most true freshmen played (16) as well as total freshmen (28) seeing the field. Nearly 70 percent of Horned Frogs who received playing time in 2012 were either freshmen or sophomores. TCU led the Big 12 in total defense with just one senior on its entire defensive depth chart.

In its first year in the Big 12, TCU had 18 players recognized with all-conference honors. The list included true freshman defensive end Devonte Fields, who was named the Associated Press Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Cornerback Jason Verrett was the 2013 Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Despite losing 26 seniors to graduation off his Rose Bowl championship team, Patterson led a 2011 TCU squad to a third consecutive Mountain West championship. It was the first time the Horned Frogs won a conference title in three straight seasons. TCU was also the first team in MW history to win the league championship in three consecutive campaigns.

The 2011 campaign saw TCU record its fourth straight 11-win season and become the only program nationally to reach 11 victories six times in a seven-year span (2005-11).

In 2010, Patterson guided the Horned Frogs to an undefeated season and Rose Bowl championship. TCU finished second in the final polls with a 13-0 record, its first perfect campaign since winning the national championship in 1938.

Patterson was named American Football Monthly's 2010 Coach of the Year as he led TCU to its second straight BCS game. Other honors for Patterson included the Exchange Club of Fort Worth recognizing him as Fort Worth's Outstanding Citizen for 2010, while the National Football Foundation's Gridiron Club of Dallas selected him for its 2011 Distinguished Texan Award.

Patterson also received the 2010 TCU Chancellor's Staff Award for Outstanding Service.

In 2009, Patterson was selected for nine national coaching honors after leading TCU to a 12-1 record, No. 6 ranking and Fiesta Bowl appearance.

Patterson was named National Coach of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and Sporting News while also receiving the Bobby Dodd Award, Eddie Robinson Award, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, George Munger Award and Woody Hayes Award.

Despite losing two starters in the first two rounds of the National Football League draft and a pair of four-year starters at cornerback, TCU topped the nation in total defense in 2010.

In six of its seven seasons in the Mountain West, TCU set the pace on the all-conference teams. The Horned Frogs had a school-record 20 selections in 2009, 19 in 2011, 18 in 2005 and 2008, 17 in 2010, 14 in 2006 and 11 in 2007.

The No. 6 spot in the polls in 2009 was TCU's highest season-ending ranking since 1955, when it was also sixth. The Horned Frogs had their first undefeated regular season since their 1938 national championship campaign.

Despite losing seven starters to graduation, including three to the NFL, off 2008's No. 1 defense, the Horned Frogs led the nation in 2009 by allowing just 239.7 yards per game.

TCU and Florida were the only schools in 2009 to rank in the top 10 nationally in total offense and defense. The Horned Frogs were seventh offensively at 456.7 yards per game.

In 2008, Patterson was one of 15 semifinalists for the George Munger National Coach of the Year Award by the Maxwell Football Club. He was also named to the Paul "Bear" Bryant Watch List for the College Football Coach of the Year.

Patterson guided TCU to an 11-2 record and a No. 7 ranking in the final AP and USA Today polls. It was the Horned Frogs' highest season-ending appearance in the polls since 1959. Included in the win total were victories over then-undefeated, top-10 teams BYU and Boise State. It was the first time since 1961 that TCU beat two top-10 opponents in the same season.

TCU led the nation in total defense (217.8 yards per game) in 2008 for the third time in nine seasons. No other school in the country has finished first in that category as many times as TCU in that span. The Horned Frogs were also first in run defense (47.1 yards), fewest first downs allowed per game (12.1) and time of possession (35:10). TCU was second in scoring defense (11.3 points per game).

Patterson became the fastest TCU coach to reach 50 victories (70 games) with a 27-21 win at New Mexico on Nov. 11, 2006. He was also the quickest to 100 wins (129 contests) after a 38-17 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 17, 2011.

Patterson was the 2002 Conference USA and 2005 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year. He was a 2003 finalist for Eddie Robinson and Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year honors. He also appeared on the 2006 Bobby Dodd Watch List.

An 11-2 record in 2006 included wins over Big 12 opponents Baylor and Texas Tech as well as a 37-7 victory over Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.

The Horned Frogs' defense ranked second nationally in run defense (60.8 yards per game) and total defense (234.9 yards per game) while placing third in scoring defense (12.3 points per game).

TCU won its last eight games in 2006 for the fourth-best winning streak at the time in the nation, trailing only Boise State (13), BYU (10) and Wisconsin (9). The Horned Frogs' eight consecutive wins were by an average margin of 24.4 points. During that stretch, the TCU defense allowed per game marks of 10.8 points, 59.6 yards rushing and 185.1 in total offense.

In 2005, Patterson led the Horned Frogs to the Mountain West Conference championship in their first season of league play.

It was also TCU's first outright conference championship since 1958. The Horned Frogs posted an 11-1 record for just the fourth 11-win season in school history and the second in three years.

TCU also recorded its first undefeated league mark (8-0) dating back to 1938.

The Horned Frogs opened and closed the 2005 season with victories over Big 12 teams. Following a 27-24 Houston Bowl win over Iowa State, Patterson saw TCU climb to ninth in the USA Today poll and 11th in the Associated Press poll. It was TCU's highest season-ending ranking since 1959.

TCU, picked to finish sixth in 2005 preseason MW polls, opened the campaign with a 17-10 victory at No. 5 Oklahoma. It was TCU's first win against an opponent ranked that high since a 6-0 victory over No. 1 Texas in 1961.

Patterson's success in 2005 was achieved while playing a total of 21 redshirt or true freshmen, tying for fourth nationally in that category.

The 2005 Horned Frog defense led the nation in turnover margin (+21), interceptions (26) and takeaways (40). The offense set a single-season school record with 50 touchdowns while its 398 points scored ranked second all-time at TCU.

Setting the pace nationally in defensive categories is nothing new for Patterson. His teams also led the country in defense during the 2000 and 2002 campaigns. In 2002, the Horned Frogs allowed only 64.8 rushing yards per game - ranking first in that category as well.

In his first full season as head coach with the Horned Frogs in 2001, Patterson was one of only eight coaches with no previous Division I head coaching experience to lead their teams to bowl appearances. He proceeded to take the Horned Frogs to a bowl in each of his first three years.

Patterson's 10-2 record and conference championship in the 2002 season earned him Conference USA Coach of the Year accolades. The Horned Frogs finished the season ranked 22nd in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and 23rd in the Associated Press poll.

Eleven of Patterson's career wins came in the Horned Frogs' 2003 campaign, when TCU climbed as high as sixth in the BCS rankings - the highest ranking at that time for a school from a non-automatic qualifying conference.

Under Patterson's guidance, the Horned Frogs got off to a 10-0 start after opening the season ranked 25th in the Associated Press poll. They finished the season 11-2 and ranked in the top 25 for the second year in a row - the first time that had happened at TCU since the 1950s. His leadership of the 2003 squad made him a finalist for both the Eddie Robinson and Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year honors. He was also named an assistant coach for the Hula Bowl.

Patterson amassed 18 years as an assistant coach, including three with the Horned Frogs, before taking the torch from Dennis Franchione prior to the 2000 GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl.

In 1998, Patterson's first season at TCU, the Horned Frogs scored a school-record six defensive touchdowns, intercepted 12 passes and allowed only 19.6 points per game - the fewest points per game in over 30 years. It was accomplished by a team that was 1-10 the previous season.

Patterson's 1999 TCU defense ended the season ranked fifth in the country in total defense. The Horned Frogs posted two shutouts and led the Western Athletic Conference in every major defensive category.

In 2000, the Horned Frogs allowed only 245.0 total yards and 9.6 points per game, ranking first in the nation in both categories. Five of Patterson's players earned first-team all-conference recognition and he was a finalist for the Frank Broyles National Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Prior to his arrival in Fort Worth, Patterson spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at New Mexico. The Lobos collected 22 total takeaways and three defensive touchdowns in 1996. The next year, in Patterson style, New Mexico improved their total takeaways to 29, including 16 interceptions.

A true defensive specialist, Patterson had a similar impact at Navy. In just one season as the Midshipmen's secondary coach in 1995, he helped elevate the defense in the national rankings. Navy finished 18th in total defense, 17th in scoring defense and 28th in pass defense efficiency.

Patterson's defensive acumen dates back to his own playing days at Kansas State, where he played strong safety and outside linebacker for the Wildcats in 1980 and 1981.

He served as a graduate assistant in 1982 and received his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1983. He took the linebacker coaching position at Tennessee Tech while earning a master's degree in educational administration in 1984.

Patterson has been part of 18 bowl staffs, including one each with Kansas State, Utah State and New Mexico. The other 15 have come at TCU. Aside from being an accomplished head coach, Patterson is also a skilled guitar player. On several occasions, Patterson has entertained TCU fans with his guitar skills at pep rallies around the Fort Worth area.

A native of Rozel, Kansas, Patterson is married to the former Kelsey Hayes. He has three sons: Josh, Cade and Blake.

Coaching Experience:
1982 Kansas State (Graduate Assistant)
1983-84 Tennessee Tech (Linebackers)
1986 UC Davis (Linebackers)
1987 Cal Lutheran (Defensive Coordinator)
1988 Pittsburg (Kan.) State (Linebackers)
1989-91 Sonoma (Calif.) State (Defensive Coordinator)
1992 Oregon Lightning Bolts
1992-94 Utah State (Secondary)
1995 Navy (Secondary)
1996-97 New Mexico (Defensive Coordinator/Safeties)
1998-00 TCU (Defensive Coordinator/Safeties)
2000-present TCU (Head Coach)

Bowl Games:
1982 Independence Bowl (Kansas State)
1993 Las Vegas Bowl (Utah State)
1997 Bowl (New Mexico)
1998 Sun Bowl (TCU)
1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl (TCU)
2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl (TCU)
2001 Bowl (TCU)
2002 Liberty Bowl (TCU)
2003 Fort Worth Bowl (TCU)
2005 Houston Bowl (TCU)
2006 Poinsettia Bowl (TCU)
2007 Texas Bowl (TCU)
2008 Poinsettia Bowl (TCU)
2010 Fiesta Bowl (TCU)
2011 Rose Bowl (TCU)
2011 Poinsettia Bowl (TCU)
2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (TCU)
2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (TCU)
2015 Valero Alamo Bowl (TCU)

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