Patterson is the winningest coach in Louisiana collegiate baseball history compiling a record of 741-462-2. Affectionately known as "Gravy" by Bulldog fans, Patterson came to Louisiana Tech in 1967 as an assistant football coach. One year later, he was hired as the Bulldog baseball head coach and served in dual roles before finally leaving the gridiron in 1978. Patterson recorded 18 winning seasons in 23 years at the helm of Tech baseball and posted 40-win seasons five times. He was named the conference Coach of the Year seven times and the District VI Coach of the Year in 1974. Patterson led Louisiana Tech to seven NCAA tournament appearances during his coaching tenure, the last coming in 1987. In 1974, he had the Bulldogs just one game away from the College World Series. A 1958 graduate of Louisiana Tech, Patterson played football and baseball earning four football letters and two baseball letters. He served for several years as Tech's associate athletic director following his retirement from the diamond, overseeing eligibility of athletes and working closely with NCAA compliance.