"Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter."
- Dan Reeves (Former NFL athlete and head coach)
Kristen Perry named new Plano West girls basketball head coach
BY Kevin Hageland
Published: Monday, March 25, 2013
The Plano West girls basketball team didn't have to look far to find their new head coach.
In fact, the team just looked one seat further down the bench as longtime assistant coach Kristen Perry has been selected to take the helm. Perry is just the second coach in program history after Don Patterson, who retired following completion of the 2012-13 season last month.
"Coach Perry has been an integral part to the success we've had," said Mike Hughes, West cluster athletic director. "I think she'll continue that success and help us build the program."
Plano West girls basketball coach Don Patterson announces his retirement
By David Just
10:34 am on February 26, 2013
Don Patterson, who has been the Plano West girls basketball coach since the school opened in 1999, told his team Tuesday morning that he is retiring.
Patterson, 59, built Plano West into a state power during his 14 seasons. West won the 5A state championship in 2006 and has been a consistent presence in the state rankings ever since.
“I’ll miss the kids,” Patterson said Tuesday. “We’ve had such great kids at West and all the places I’ve coached. I’ve made great relationships and still keep in touch with quite a few. I can get after the kids on the court, but they know how much I care about them off the court.”
Patterson, who also taught American history and physical education, has been a head coach for 32 years with stops at East Chambers, Floresville, Orange Grove and Anton before moving to Plano in 1999.
Patterson brought West to the playoffs in its second season, and the Lady Wolves were in the regionals a year later.
“Starting out here at Plano West was a struggle,” Patterson said. “We didn’t even have a JV team and were competing in varsity. It was an eye-opener for me. We got off to a slow start but we got it going and had some great kids. It’s been a pretty good run here.”
Patterson, 59, will retire with a 670-294 overall record and a 364-113 record at Plano West. His West teams made the playoffs in 12 of his 14 seasons.
“I think most of the (kids) were surprised and there were a few tears,” Patterson said of his meeting with the team. “It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.”