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Patterson Selected as a 2019 NCAA Living Legend

Tony Patterson Selected as a 2019 NCAA Living Legend
Posted on 04/12/2019
Tony Patterson at the Legacy CelebrationWe are pleased to announce Tony Patterson has been named a 2019 NCAA Living Legend. Mr. Patterson is an Equity Specialist and Co-Head Football Coach at Cooper High School.

The NCAA department of inclusion and human resources honored Mr. Patterson along with six others for their "significant contributions in the Minneapolis/St. Paul communities and for furthering inclusion within athletics."

The NCAA hosted a Legacy Celebration during the Men's and Women's Final Fours. The event "also provides a platform to promote diversity and inclusion as an imperative in intercollegiate athletics in cities that host NCAA tournament games and Final Fours." Mr. Patterson and the other recipients were honored at a private event before the Final Four.

Mr. Patterson's Living Legend bio from the NCAA:
Patterson is co-head football coach at Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Patterson, a former wide receiver for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, pushes his players to focus on success both on and off the field. He also serves as a role model and father figure to the players on his team. Since his introduction to the Cooper High football program, Patterson and his coaching staff have witnessed positive and significant changes with the athletes. Under Patterson’s leadership, the players are experiencing more success in the classroom and graduating with a focused goal of going to college. Patterson and his staff have guided the athletes to be their best on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Under Patterson’s coaching, many of the Cooper High senior athletes have earned college football scholarships.

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