Baylor Lady Bears NCAA round three press conference and practice, 3/22/2012
Rekha Patterson, associate coach/recruiting coordinator, keeps moving up the ranks of the Lady Bear program. A former Lady Bear graduate assistant and coordinator of basketball operations, Patterson begins her second season as a coach. She is now able to hit the recruiting trail, assist on the court, manage the program's Nike account and oversee the team's academic and community service activities.
Patterson served as coordinator of basketball operations for three seasons and was the program's graduate assistant from 2002-04 where she was primarily responsible for film exchange, coordinating recruiting correspondence and visits. Her efforts helped pave the way for the Lady Bears' 2005 NCAA championship. In her first two seasons, Baylor was the 2003 WNIT runner-up and advanced to the 2004 NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
She returned to Baylor after coaching stops at Creighton, Ball State and Eastern Illinois where she was actively involved in coaching position players, recruiting, preparing scouting reports and overseeing academics. At each institution, she helped each team achieve a better record than the year prior to her arrival. She also coached all-conference players as well as Conference Rookie of the Year student-athletes, during her time away from Baylor.
Prior to enrolling at Baylor, she spent one year in the NCAA office as an Education Services intern, where she helped coordinate the Stay in Bounds silent auction and assisted with the CHAMPS / Life Skills and Continuing Education Conference. Patterson earned her undergraduate degree in public relations from North Carolina A&T in 2001, where she was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain in basketball. Upon finishing her degree, she was a recipient of the Black Coaches Association Postgraduate Scholarship and the NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship. Patterson earned her master's degree in education with a sports management emphasis from Baylor in 2004.
The Red Springs, N.C., native currently lives in Waco. She was born Feb. 10, 1979, in Lumberton, N.C.
Patterson's parents, Eva Patterson-Heath and her father, Tim Heath, are both coaches at Fayetteville State University.