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Gary Patterson (born February 13, 1960 in Larned, Kansasmarker) is the head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs college football team. He played football at Dodge City Community College and Kansas State University.

Coaching career

Early years

Patterson began his coaching career in 1982 at Kansas Statemarker, as an assistant to head coach Jim Dickey. After subsequently serving a number of years as an assistant coach at a number of different schools, Patterson was hired as Defensive Coordinator at the University of New Mexicomarker in 1996. He served in that job for two years before leaving to take the same position at TCUmarker in 1998. He was named head coach at TCU prior to the Mobile Alabama Bowl in December 2000, replacing Dennis Franchione who left to become the head coach at the University of Alabamamarker.

Head coaching

In eight years at TCU, Patterson's 73 victories place him in second place on the TCU career victory chart, and he is the only coach in school history to record six 10-win seasons. His teams have only failed to reach a bowl game once (2004), the Frogs have earned a spot in the Final Top 25 five times. In 2005, Patterson led the Frogs to the Mountain West Conference championship in their first season of league play. Over the course of the 2005 & 2006 seasons, the Frogs won four consecutive games against Big 12 opponents, with only one of the four coming at home.

Patterson turned down a job offer from Minnesota worth over $2 million per year to stay at TCU.

Head coaching record

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** replaced Dennis Franchione just before the bowl game


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