Shelley Patterson – Assistant Coach – First Season – Washington State University
Shelley Patterson joins the Liberty with a 30-year coaching resume that includes ten seasons with the Minnesota Lynx, where she provided support in scout preparation and game planning as well as individual player development.
Prior to joining the Lynx, Patterson, a coaching veteran in both the professional and collegiate ranks, spent the previous three WNBA seasons (2006-2009) alongside Brian Agler in Seattle. Patterson also spent several segments of eight years with five additional WNBA franchises working in different capacities.
Patterson’s WNBA coaching career began in Houston during the 1999 WNBA season, where she served as Director of Basketball Operations and won a WNBA Championship with the legendary Comets. She then spent four years (2000-2003) working as an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever before joining the coaching staff of the Phoenix Mercury in 2004.
Additionally, Patterson served as head coach for the National Women’s Basketball League’s Chicago Blaze in 2005 and worked as an assistant coach with the late Anne Donovan and the Philadelphia Rage of the ABL during the 1998-99 season.
Her coaching career began in 1989 when she served as recruiting coordinator at Indiana State University. Patterson has also held positions at Ohio University, the University of Arizona, Wake Forest and Dayton.
Patterson is from San Jose, California and is a graduate of Washington State University.