Patterson To Receive Distinguished Texan Award
March 15, 2011
DALLAS -- The National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas has named TCU football coach Gary Patterson as the 2011 recipient of its Distinguished Texan Award.
Patterson will be recognized at an April 20 banquet at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
The Distinguished Texan Award, the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas chapter's most prestigious award, pays tribute to an outstanding person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game of football and has been a significant contributor to the betterment of the game.
Grant Teaff, the former Baylor head coach and a College Football Hall of Fame inductee who currently serves as the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, claimed the inaugural Distinguished Texan Award in 2009. Dallas Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones received the award in 2010. Teaff and Jones both serve as directors on the NFF's national board.
Patterson led TCU to a 13-0 record, Rose Bowl championship and No. 2 national ranking in the 2010 campaign. Patterson's success on the gridiron is also mirrored in the classroom for his players. In each of the last three seasons, TCU has been recognized by the AFCA as one of the nation's leaders in its graduation rate for student-athletes.
TCU was one of just four programs to finish in the top 25 in the final 2010 polls and in the Academic Progress Rate (APR).
Patterson has been extremely active in the community through his Gary Patterson Foundation, which targets economically disadvantaged children for support with education, life skills and health and family issues. Additionally, he has been an integral part of the fundraising efforts which have seen upgrades in TCU's athletics facilities.
"Coach Patterson stands atop of the coaching football profession as one of brightest stars of his generation," NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell said. "He has transformed the TCU program into a true national powerhouse with the 2010 season as his crowning achievement. The Horned Frogs brought tremendous pride to the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area, and Coach Patterson deserves our recognition for his leadership on the field but just as importantly as a stalwart in the community through his work with his foundation."
The Horned Frogs are the only team in the nation to be ranked in the season-ending top 10 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls over the last three years. TCU has finished in the top 10 four times in the past six years. TCU's average final ranking of No. 5 over the last three seasons ranks first nationally.
With 98 wins, Patterson is just 12 victories shy of becoming TCU football's all-time winningest coach. The current mark of 109 is held by Dutch Meyer, who led the Horned Frogs to their national championships in 1935 and 1938.
Patterson's .778 winning percentage (98-28) is third among active coaches nationally with a minimum of five years experience.
Patterson was named American Football Monthly's 2010 Coach of the Year as he led TCU to its second straight BCS game. He received nine National Coach of the Year honors in 2009.