Andre Patterson in 2009 enters his second season overseeing the UNLV defensive line while also serving as assistant head coach.
Patterson's wealth of experience came from the NFL, college and high school levels. Most recently he spent two seasons coaching the defensive line/tackles for the Denver Broncos (2005-06) and worked in similar capacities for the Cleveland Browns (2003-04), Dallas Cowboys (2000-02), Minnesota Vikings (1998-99) and New England Patriots (1997).
Some of the notable linemen that have thrived under Patterson's tutelage include Gerard Warren, Ebenezer Ekuban (both the Browns and Broncos), La'Roi Glover (Cowboys) and Chris Doleman and John Randle (Vikings). He also coached former Rebel end Talance Sawyer when both were in Minnesota in 1999.
"Andre Patterson is simply a great addition to our football program," Sanford said. "His combination of experience as a college head football coach and 10 seasons as an outstanding defensive line coach in the NFL makes him a perfect fit for our staff."
Patterson coached nine seasons in college before heading to the NFL. He was the head coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1994-96 and was named American West Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 as he led the Mustangs to the league title with a 7-4 record. Before that he was defensive line coach at Washington State (1992-93) and oversaw the development of two future NFL linemen (Chad Eaton and Lewis Bush) for the Cougars. He also coached the line at Cornell (1990-91) and served as the defensive coordinator at Western Washington (1989).
Before working as defensive line coach at Weber State in 1988, Patterson coached five years at the prep level at St. Monica High School in California (head coach, 1987) and Renton High School in Washington (1983-86). Patterson began his coaching career in 1982 as a graduate assistant for the University of Montana, where he played one season of football after transferring from Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif. He graduated from the Big Sky Conference school with a bachelor's degree in secondary education in 1983.
Born on June 12, 1960, in Camden, Ark., Patterson and his wife, Donna, have a son, Andre Jr. (17), and a daughter, Ashmera (10).
PATTERSON AT A GLANCE
Born: June 12, 1960 Wife: Donna Children: Daughter - Ashmera (10) Son - Andre Jr. (17) Education: Montana, 1983 - bachelor's degree in secondary education Playing Experience: Montana, 1981 - defensive lineman Contra Costa College, 1978-1980 - defensive lineman Coaching Experience: 2008-pres. UNLV - defensive line 2005-06 Denver Broncos - defensive line/tackles 2003-04 Cleveland Browns - defensive line 2000-02 Dallas Cowboys - defensive line 1998-99 Minnesota Vikings - defensive line 1997 New England Patriots - defensive line 1994-96 Cal Poly - head coach 1992-93 Washington State - defensive line 1990-91 Cornell - defensive line 1989 Western Washington - defensive coord. 1988 Weber State - defensive line 1987 St. Monica High School - head coach 1983-86 Renton High School - head coach UNLV Recruiting Area: Inland Empire, Calif., and Colorado E-mail Address: email@example.com