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Patterson named SEMO women's head basketball coach

Patterson spent her past two seasons at Ball State, and prior to that, was an assistant at Baylor. Patterson spent her past two seasons at Ball State, and prior to that, was an assistant at Baylor.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University named former Ball State Associate Head Coach Rekha Patterson as their new women's basketball head coach, according to an online sports website.

Patterson spent her past two seasons as associate head coach at Ball State. Prior to that, she was an assistant at Baylor, Creighton, Ball State, and Eastern Illinois.

Patterson was the only candidate the university brought to visit the campus.

"I think we'd all agree, it's been an exciting time for basketball," Patterson said. "As I stand before you today, I am blessed and highly favored and truly humbled to be the next head women's basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University."

She said she will teach the team to fight back from adversity with hard work, discipline, resiliency, and commitment.

"From this moment forward, our program will work to be the best every day," Patterson said.

Patterson becomes the eighth head coach in Southeast women's basketball history.

She agreed to a four-year contract which will run through 2019. She will earn a base salary of $94,000 plus a $10,000 annuity. 

She is the first female head coach in the NCAA Division I era for Southeast and the fourth female head coach in the history of the program.

Patterson was a four-year, letterwinner and two-time team captain in women's basketball at North Carolina A&T. She graduated in 2001.

Dr. Ken Dobbins, Southeast president, says the Show Me Center is slated for a new video board, new seats, and a new sound system.

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