UTEP's head coach held his final weekly press gathering on Monday, reflecting on the Southern Miss win before announcing his retirement.
In his weekly press gathering, UTEP's head coach talked about plans to fix the Miners' offense heading into a mid-week game at Tulsa.
UTEP takes on Tulsa on Thursday at H.A. Chapman Stadium. The Miners are appearing on national television for the fourth time in their first seven games. Thursday's contest will be carried on FOX Sports Network.
The Miners open Conference USA action when they take on East Carolina on Saturday in Greenville, N.C.
UTEP plays its first road game of the season when it takes on Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday.
Miners 41 Aggies 28. Photos by IPA
Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
A long-time assistant coach in the NFL, Andre Patterson joined the UTEP staff in January of 2010. He has made a tremendous impact in two years as defensive coordinator, the end result being another successful partnership with head coach Mike Price.
The most significant development in 2011 was UTEP collecting 10 more sacks than the previous year in one fewer game. Leading the way was Louisville transfer Horace Miller with five sacks. The Miners also upped their tackle for loss count by double digits, from 50 to 60.
Patterson's first year in the Sun City produced staggering defensive improvement. A year after allowing 33.5 points and 446.9 yards per game, the Miners held four teams to less than 300 yards of offense and eight to 24 points or less. UTEP yielded fewer than 300 yards in four games for only the third time since 1977, and 24 points or fewer in eight games for the first time in 20 years.
UTEP's defensive success was even more remarkable considering that the pass rush generated only 14 sacks, the team's lowest number since 1985. The Miners also totaled 11 interceptions in 13 games.
UTEP's defensive resurgence was a true team effort as seven Miners paced the squad in tackles over the course of the season. Senior safety Wiston Jeune led the way with 89 stops as the Miners finished the year without a 100-tackle player for the first time in 27 years. Junior cornerback Travaun Nixon led the team with four interceptions en route to earning second team All-Conference USA recognition.
Patterson previously worked with Price at Weber State (1988) and Washington State (1992-93). He came to El Paso following two seasons at UNLV (2008-09), where he served as assistant head coach while overseeing the defensive line.
Besides a 10-year stint in the NFL, Patterson also enjoyed a successful run as the head coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1994-96.
His NFL career included stops at New England (1997), Minnesota (1998-99), Dallas (2000-02), Cleveland (2003-04) and Denver (2005-06). He coached the defensive line at all five places, with Chris Doleman, Ebenezer Ekuban, La'Roi Glover, John Randle and Gerard Warren among his protégés.
While in Denver, Patterson was involved with a defensive unit that finished second in the NFL in rushing defense (85.2 ypg) and tied for third in points allowed (16.1 avg.) in 2005. The Broncos were eighth in the league in points allowed (19.1 avg.) in 2006.
Patterson coached La'Roi Glover to his third straight Pro Bowl appearance in Dallas, while working with a Cowboy defense ranked fourth in the league in yards allowed (287.4 avg.) in 2001.
In 1997, Patterson helped New England rate fourth in the NFL in rushing defense (101 ypg).
Patterson spent nine seasons (1988-96) in the college coaching ranks prior to his extended stay in the NFL. He was an assistant at Weber State, Western Washington (as defensive coordinator in 1989), Cornell (1990-91) and Washington State prior to landing the head job at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Patterson directed Cal Poly to a 7-4 record and league title in 1994 en route to being named the American West Conference Coach of the Year.
He helped Washington State to a nine-win campaign in 1992 and Copper Bowl win over Utah. Patterson was also a part of an Ivy League championship team at Cornell in 1990.
A native of Camden, Ark., Patterson launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Montana, in1982. He was the defensive coordinator at Renton High School in Washington (1983-86) and head coach at St. Monica High School in California (1987) before returning to the college level.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Montana in 1983. His playing career included stints as an offensive lineman at Contra Costa College and Montana before sustaining a career-ending knee injury.
Patterson and his wife, Donna, have a daughter, Ashmera, and a son, Andre Jr. His son is an undergraduate student assistant coach at UTEP.