STORRS, Conn. -
University of Connecticut assistant head football coach Don Patterson has announced his retirement after a long and tremendously successful career in the game.
Patterson, a member of the UConn staff for the past two seasons, coached the tight ends and quarterbacks during his Husky career and helped lead the 2015 team to an appearance in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
“All good things must come to an end. After 37 seasons and 425 games of Division I college football, I have decided that this chapter of my life will draw to a close,” said Patterson. “I want to thank the many players, coaches and school administrators that have enriched my life in so many ways. I also want to thank the fans for making college football the greatest of all games.”
“It has been my privilege to represent the University of Connecticut these past two years, and I leave Storrs with the satisfaction of knowing that UConn football is now in a much better place than when we first arrived. The players and coaches at UConn will always have a special place in our hearts, and we will remain loyal Husky fans for the rest of our days.”
Patterson was the head coach at Western Illinois from 1999-2009 and had a 62-45 career record in 11 seasons. He led the Leathernecks to three NCAA playoff berths, a pair of Gateway Football Conference titles and a No. 1 national ranking in 2003.
Patterson came to Western Illinois after a 20-year run on the Iowa staff with legendary coach Hayden Fry from 1979-98. During his tenure at Iowa, the Hawkeyes appeared in 14 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls.
The 1985 Iowa team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for five weeks, en route to a school-record 10 wins. Patterson was instrumental in Iowa's success, making the Hawkeyes one of only three Big Ten teams to play in 14 bowl games during his tenure.
Iowa appeared in the Rose Bowl after the 1981, 1985 and 1990 seasons, and made eight consecutive bowl appearances from 1981-88. The success of the Hawkeyes was immediate upon Patterson's arrival with Fry, evidenced by a Rose Bowl berth in their third season (1981), which was Iowa's first Rose Bowl appearance since 1958.
Prior to joining the UConn staff, he served as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Buffalo from 2010-13. Patterson helped lead Buffalo to an appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2013.
Patterson is a 1973 Army graduate and served on the cadet honor committee and was named to the highest-ranking cadet staff while at the Academy.