March 31, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Jimmy Patsos will become Loyola College's 20th head men's basketball coach, Athletic Director Joe Boylan announced on Wednesday. A formal press conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 1 at noon.
"In a very rare and sensitive time in Loyola basketball history, the program needs a special man to be head men's basketball coach," says Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "We're fortunate to have Jimmy Patsos be that man."
"Jimmy Patsos brings a wealth of experience and proven recruiting ability," says Loyola College President Harold Ridley, S.J. "He is someone who really understands the ethos of athletics and academics at Loyola, and I think he'll be both a great colleague to our coaching staff and an outstanding mentor to our student-athletes."
Taking over a program that graduated one senior in 2003-04, Patsos brings impressive credentials from the University of Maryland, where he served as assistant coach to Gary Williams for 13 seasons.
While at Maryland, Patsos helped guide the Terrapins to 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances - including the 2002 NCAA Championship, two trips to the Final Four and eight Sweet Sixteen appearances. During his tenure with the Terps, Maryland has finished in the top half of the Atlantic Coast Conference 10 times, won two ACC regular season championships (1994-95 and 2001-02) and posted a school-record seven straight 20-win seasons.
"Jimmy's background and experience will be needed to improve the current state of the basketball program," says Boylan. "I've known him for 12 years and have had the opportunity to watch him grow and mature as one of the nation's best assistant coaches. I am confident that he will grow into one of college basketball's top head coaches."
As one of the top assistants in the nation, Patsos was recognized by ESPN's Andy Katz as a "Coach on the Rise" in 2003. He joined the Terrapins as a volunteer assistant during the 1991-92 season and immediately became an integral part of Williams' staff. His numerous responsibilities have centered on opponent scouting, on-court coaching and the academic development of Maryland's players. His role as an academic mentor during his first 10 seasons on Williams' staff proved prosperous, as the teams' overall academic performance improved under his guidance.
"I'm very excited to be a part of something special," says Patsos. "When we came to Maryland, we built it from the bottom up. I know that we can do the same at Loyola and I look forward to building a strong program."
Prior to his appointment at Maryland, Patsos was the assistant coach at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. He helped Carroll to a 21-8 record and a national ranking of No. 6 during his first season before the team lost to the famed DeMatha Catholic High School in the city playoffs.
Patsos was a three-year varsity letterwinner at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. During his career, the Cardinals posted a record of 51-26. Patsos played for the late Jack Bruen, who later led Colgate University to a pair of NCAA Division I Tournament appearances.
Catholic won four regular-season tournament championships during Patsos' career, including the 1989 Manhattanville Tournament. Patsos scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in the championship game to lead the Cardinals to a 106-99 victory over host Manhattanville.
A native of Boston, Mass., Patsos earned his bachelor's degree in history from Catholic in 1989.
Thursday's press conference will be located in McGuire Hall on the second floor of the Andrew White Student Center (Reitz Arena).
Patsos' as an Assistant Coach Year School Team Accomplishments1991-92 Maryland1992-93 Maryland1993-94 Maryland NCAA Midwest Region Semifinals1994-95 Maryland NCAA West Region Semifinals1995-96 Maryland NCAA West Region First Round1996-97 Maryland NCAA Southeast Region First Round1997-98 Maryland NCAA West Region Semifinals1998-99 Maryland NCAA South Region Semifinals1999-00 Maryland NCAA Midwest Region Second Round2000-01 Maryland NCAA Final Four, West Region Champions2001-02 Maryland NCAA Champions2002-03 Maryland NCAA South Region Semifinals2003-04 Maryland NCAA Second Round