Men's Basketball


Ricardo  Patton
Ricardo Patton

Nashville, Tenn.

Last College:
Belmont '80

Assistant Coach



Ricardo Patton enters his second season with the University of Denver men's basketball team in 2017-18. 

In his first year with the Pioneers, Patton helped guide the team to a 16-14 record, including an 8-8 mark in the Summit League.

Patton assisted with the transition to a fast-paced style of play, resulting in DU averaging 75.8 points per game, the most in a season since going to Division I back in 1998.

He also helped with the development of Daniel Amigo and Joe Rosga, with both posting career-best marks during the 2016-17 campaign. The two also earned All-Summit League accolades, with Amigo being named to the second team and Rosga receiving honorable-mention honors.

Patton comes to DU having spent 11 seasons as the head coach for the University of Colorado and four seasons with Northern Illinois.

Patton led the Buffaloes to six postseason appearances, including two NCAA Tournament berths. The Buffaloes defeated Bobby Knight’s Indiana team in the first round of the 1997 tournament before falling to a Dean Smith-led North Carolina team in the round of 32. In 2003 the Buffaloes fell to a Tom Izzo-led Michigan State team. During the 2003 season, Colorado defeated two eventual final-four teams in Kansas and Texas. During his time in Boulder, Patton led the Buffaloes to six seasons of 18 or more victories. 

Before heading to Boulder, Patton served two seasons (1991-93) as an assistant to Frankie Allen at Tennessee State, where he was instrumental in recruiting future star, Carlos Rogers, the No. 10 pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. Prior to that, Patton was an assistant at Arkansas-Little Rock for one season in 1990-91, and Middle Tennessee State from 1988-90. During his time at Middle Tennessee State, they upset then-No. 4 seed Florida State in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament, 97-83. Patton was a member of the coaching staffs at both Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee State when each won Ohio Valley Conference Championships.

Patton has been married for 37 years to his wife, Jennifer. They have two sons, Ricardo Jr. and Michael. Patton is a fifth-degree black belt in taekwondo and enjoys golf and horseback riding in his free time. 



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