Faith Johnson Patterson

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Prep Scene: Faced with a tough choice, I opted for history


Last Thursday evening, I had a choice to make. The top-rated team in Class 3A boys’ basketball, DeLaSalle, was scheduled to play Park Center, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A. Across the metro, a girls’ basketball matchup was scheduled between Robbinsdale Cooper, a Class 4A team among the top 20, and DeLaSalle, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. Continue Reading →

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Hall of Fame finally honors Coach Faith Patterson



Faith Johnson Patterson takes her rightful place in the Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Coaches’ Hall of Fame when she is inducted in this Saturday. She is the first Black female to receive this honor. Patterson won five state championships at North (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005). Then last month she won her second consecutive title at DeLaSalle, giving her a total of seven titles. Her 13 times at state ranks second all-time among coaches. Continue Reading →

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Coach-hiring carousel leaves Blacks without a ride



If you listen to the same old pundits, analysts, announcers — self-appointed coaches’ headhunters — who excessively yak about job openings and who should get them, they mostly talk about non-Black candidates. College Basketball Insider’s Jeff Goodman recently listed only 14 Blacks among his list of 77 “potential candidates” for openings, but no Black coaches who have been fired made Goodman’s list. Furthermore, if you’re a fired White coach, seemingly you almost immediately are rehired someplace else. Bruce Weber was hired by Kansas State less than a month after he was fired at Illinois. But Jolette Law (Illinois) and Felisha Legette-Jack (Indiana) both are looking for work after the two Black women head coaches were axed last month. Continue Reading →

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