Coach Bio

Shelley Patterson
College - Washington State
The 2012 season will be Patterson’s second year as an assistant coach and third year with the Minnesota Lynx.

With the Lynx, Patterson provides support with practice and game preparation, as well as advanced scouting and opponent scouting. She is also involved in individual player development and collegiate player evaluation.

Prior to coming to the Lynx, Patterson, a 22-year coaching veteran in both the professional and collegiate ranks, spent the previous three years in Seattle under Anne Donovan (2007) and Brian Agler (2008-2009). Prior to that, Patterson spent parts of eight seasons working as an assistant coach with five WNBA organizations, including being a part of the Los Angeles Sparks playoff run during the 2005 season.

Patterson began her career in Houston where she served as Director of Basketball Operations and won a WNBA Championship with the Comets during the 1999 WNBA season. She then spent four years (2000-2003) working as an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever before joining the coaching staff of the Phoenix Mercury in 2004.

In addition to her work in the WNBA, Patterson served as head coach for the National Women’s Basketball League’s Chicago Blaze in 2005 and worked as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Rage of the ABL during the 1998-99 season.

Patterson began her coaching career in 1989 as a recruiting coordinator at Indiana State University and has held positions at Ohio University, the University of Arizona, Wake Forest and Dayton.


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