K-State’s Deb Patterson named Kay Yow Heart of a Coach recipient

By The Mercury

Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson has been named the 2012 Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award winner in an announcement by the FCA on Thursday afternoon.

Named for the late North Carolina State coaching icon Kay Yow, the award is presented annually by FCA to honor a basketball coach who has exemplified biblical principles over the course of his or her career.

The late Kay Yow, who died from breast cancer in 2009, was presented with the inaugural award at the 2008 Women’s Final Four in Tampa.

“Like Coach Yow, Deb Patterson sees her platform as a coach to be more than just about wins and losses,” FCA National Director of Events Donna Noonan said. “She sees it as an opportunity to help young women become the individuals the Lord created them to be.

“Her impact as a coach is best expressed by one of her players, ‘Coach Patterson has been the most influential person in my life. I have the utmost respect, appreciation and admiration for her as not only a coach, but more importantly as a person. She was a coach that truly exemplified living a life for Christ in how she coached and interacted with us each and every day.’”

Patterson, the winningest head coach in K-State women’s basketball history, recently completed her 16th season at K-State, in which she guided the program to its ninth NCAA tournament appearance under her leadership and the 13th in the program’s history. K-State achieved the 23rd 20-win season in school history, and the ninth under Patterson, with a 20-14 record and a tie for fourth in the Big 12 .

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