In her first season with the Lady Monarchs, Patterson helped lead the squad to an 18-16 overall record as well as an appearance in the WNIT. The team reached the quarterfinals of the C-USA tournament in its first season in the conference and accumulated a 9-7 record in C-USA action. Patterson played a crucial role in junior Shae Kelley’s success as well, as the latter became an All-C-USA First Team selection.
Patterson’s leadership extended far beyond the basketball court as well, as six Lady Monarchs were named to the C-USA All-Academic Team and Galaisha Goodhope and Annika Holopainen received C-USA Academic Medals. The women’s basketball program also notched the No. 43 recruiting class in the nation, leaving Patterson and the rest of the Lady Monarchs’ staff with much potential to be developed.
Trina Patterson was added as an assistant basketball coach at Old Dominion by head coach Karen Barefoot on June 13, 2013. Patterson was most recently an assistant coach at Stanford and was also a former head women's basketball coach at the College of William and Mary, Albany and Maryland Eastern Shore.
"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Trina Patterson and her family back home. She is a Newport News native whom I have known since high school and have had a great relationship," said Barefoot. "We wanted to bring in somebody with great experience and strong East Coast recruiting connections. Trina is excellent with mentoring student-athletes and bringing out the most in each individual."
Patterson had spent the past two seasons with The Cardinal, working primarily with the Cardinal front court and assisting in recruiting efforts. During that span Stanford racked up a 68-5 record, capturing the Pac-12 double (conference regular-season and tournament titles) each season and reached 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.
"Trina has done a fabulous job for us here at Stanford. I hate to see her leave, but I am one-hundred 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 Women's Basketball and Naismith Hall of Famer Tara Van Derveer, head coach at Stanford for the past 27 seasons.
Prior to arriving at Stanford, 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).
"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach at a great university with rich tradition and success in women's basketball. I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Karen Barefoot and I am honored to work under her leadership. This is an amazing opportunity for me and my family to come back home to Virginia to be part of the ODU community," said Patterson.
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.
As a player, Patterson 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.
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 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 and her husband Carl are the parents of three sons, Carl Jr. (CJ), Matthew, and Joshua.