Patterson, Jack

JACK PATTERSON is one of two posthumous recipients of this year’s Bill Hart Memorial Legends Award. He won an individual Southwest Conference championship at Rice University in 1939. After coaching at Merkel and San Angelo, Patterson became the first track and field coach at the University of Houston in 1950. In 1956, he moved to Baylor where his teams won three Southwest Conference championships. Patterson left Baylor in 1963 for the University of Texas where he won three more Southwest Conference titles. He returned to Baylor in 1971 as athletic director and is credited for hiring fellow Big Country Athletic Hall of Famer Grant Teaff. Patterson is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.