Dr. Howard Patterson
Director of Athletics
PHONE: (903) 566-7350 EMAIL: hpatterson@uttyler.edu
Dr. Howard Patterson
Howard Patterson

Dr. Howard Patterson has led the UT Tyler Athletics department since 2001 where he has built 17 NCAA programs and helped guide the Patriots to seven NCAA Division III national championships, 67 conference titles and 97 All-American selections.

Dr. Patterson was hired as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and UT Tyler’s first Athletics Director and was tasked with enhancing campus life, including developing a full NCAA DIII intercollegiate athletics program from scratch. The athletic programs have thrived under his leadership, with nationally respected facilities that have hosted multiple conference tournaments, NCAA regional playoffs and the 2014 NCAA Division III Softball National Championship. He is a two-time National Association of College Athletic Directors (NACDA) DIII Athletics Director of the Year having won the award in 2012-13 and 2015-16. 

He is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame for soccer coaching, the Midwestern State University’s Hall of Honor as a men’s soccer coach, the University of the Incarnate Word’s Hall of Fame for success as its athletic director and soccer coach, and the Westboro High School Hall of Fame for his career in teaching and coaching.

Patterson has served UT Tyler in various capacities over his seventeen-year career, including Dean of Student Affairs, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Interim Vice President and Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President for Auxiliary Services, Vice President for Administration and Government Relations, and most recently Vice President for Student Affairs. He has also overseen Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, News & Information, Marketing, Student Services, Career Services, Student Life and Leadership, the Student Health Clinic, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Herrington Patriot Center and Recreational Sports and Intramurals, Title IX, University Police Department and Student Housing.

Patterson has or is currently serving on various community organizations, including the Whitehouse ISD Board of Trustees, the Tyler Economic Development Council, the Smith County Bar Foundation, Missional Renaissance Leadership Community, and the Whitehouse Parks & Recreation Board.  He is currently the Chairman of the Greater Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.  

During the 2013-14 academic year, he served as an ACE Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin under President William Powers.

A New England native, born in Boston, Massachusetts, Patterson graduated from Springfield College and earned a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of North Texas. His first collegiate job was as the men’s soccer coach and instructor of physical education at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls where he was 221-85-20 (.709) and a 16-time NAIA District Coach of the Year. In 1988, Patterson was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year after leading MSU to an 18-5-1 record and the national tournament for the eighth time. After 17 seasons and one of the winningest records in college soccer, he moved to San Antonio and served as the athletics director at Incarnate Word where he also coached men’s soccer for eight seasons.  He would win 155 games coaching the Cardinals and finished his coaching career with 395 victories before focusing on administrative roles at UIW and now at UT Tyler.  In addition to be being inducted in the NAIA Hall of Fame Patterson holds a Letter of Commendation from the NSCAA.

Dr. Patterson and his wife have three children. His wife is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Higgins Elementary in the Whitehouse ISD, while oldest daughter is teaching mathematics at Moore Middle School in Tyler ISD and has earned her Master of Education degree. The middle child graduated from UT Tyler in December 2017 and is teaching pre-kindergarten in Jacksonville, Texas and his son also graduated in December 2017 from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University where he was a member of the Honors College and the Texas Tech football team.

Dr. Howard Patterson
Director of Athletics
Dr. Paul Roberts
Faculty Athletic Representative
James Bonnette
Assistant AD, Compliance
Mike Reed
Assistant AD, Business/Budget
Stefani Webb
Assistant AD, SWA
Tim Fairhead
Assistant Director of the HPC