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David Patrick Season 2024-25

LSU
David Patrick
Title
Associate Head Coach
Hometown
Melbourne, Australia
Alma Mater
UL-Lafayette (2000)

Updated on June 25, 2024

David Patrick, who has coached on the college and international levels for the better part of 20 years, joins the LSU men’s basketball staff of Coach Matt McMahon for the 2024-25 season as Associate Head Coach.

Patrick will be involved in on-floor coaching and scouting preps for opponents as well as recruiting duties. This will be Patrick’s second stint at LSU, as he served on the LSU staff for four years under coach Johnny Jones (2012-15).

Patrick comes to LSU after two seasons as the head coach at Sacramento State.

Sacramento State led the Big Sky Conference in rebound margins the last two seasons and finished among the top 25 teams in the nation both years. The 2022-23 team posted the most wins in school history by a first-year coach. His 2023-24 team advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament, the first time the team had won two games at the postseason event since joining the league in 1996.

Patrick is known as a top-flight recruiter and helped bring LSU a top 5 recruiting class in 2013 and 2015. That 2015 class included No. 1 ranked high school player Ben Simmons, who now plays for the Brooklyn Nets; No. 15 Antonio Blakeney, who has become a star in the Chinese Basketball League; and, No. 39 Brandon Sampson, who has carved out a solid professional career, currently playing in the Canadian league. He also was responsible for the recruitment of NBA players Jarell Martin and Duop Reath.

The 48-year-old Patrick has recruited 11 players that have played in the NBA (including seven draft picks – four first rounders) and has coached 28 players that have gone on to play professionally, including 19 in the NBA.

A native of Bermuda who moved to Australia at the age of 10, Patrick elected to come to the United States in 1994 after a stint playing with the Australian Junior National Team. He ended up in Baton Rouge and played his senior year of high school basketball at Chapel Trafton (now The Dunham School) where he led Trafton to the state quarterfinals and was chosen as the Louisiana Player of the Year.

He was elected the district’s MVP, was a First Team All-Parish selection and was selected to participate in the Louisiana State High School All-Star Game. He was also a member of junior national teams in Australia and named as an All-Australian player from 1992-94.

It would be with his Trafton high school coach, J. P. Piper, where he would get his start as a college coach after Piper was named Nicholls State head coach in the 2005-06 season

After high school, Patrick spent one season at Syracuse University where he was a member of the 1996 NCAA Final Four team that finished as the national runner-up. He then transferred to UL-Lafayette where he played for three seasons.

One thing is consistently clear about Patrick’s college coaching career is that he has found success in every step along the way.

After a season at Nicholls, he was named associate head coach at Saint Mary’s where he served for four years (2006-10). In his final year there, the team went to the 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, winning a school record 28 games and the West Coast Conference tournament title. The team also advanced to the 2008 NCAA Tournament and the quarterfinals of the 2009 NIT.

After leaving Saint Mary’s, he spent two seasons as a player personnel scout for the Houston Rockets, before accepting a job on the staff at LSU.

After leaving LSU, he stopped at TCU for two seasons, including a 2017 NIT title season and an NCAA appearance, the first for the school in 20 years.

For two years, he was the head coach at UC Riverside (2018-20). In 2020 he was a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award given to the top mid-major coach in the country.

His 2018-19 team at UC Riverside broke several school marks, including 279 three-point shots with a 37.9 percent shooting percentage. That was best in the Big West Conference and top 30 in the nation. His 2020 team won 17 games, which tied a school record for the most Division I wins in school history. That team finished eighth nationally in scoring defense at 60.6 points per game.

Before arriving at Sacrament State, he served one season each at Arkansas and Oklahoma as associate head coach. The 2021 Arkansas team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 and finished 25-7, while the 2022 Oklahoma squad advanced to the NIT Second Round.

Since 2019 he has been assistant coach for the Australian National Team and the Boomers won a bronze medal at the 2021 Olympics, Australia’s first men’s basketball Olympic medal. In 2019, the team reached the FIBA World Cup Final Four, which included the country’s first-ever win over the United States. Patrick will again be the assistant coach for Team Australia in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Patrick also had a strong career professionally as a player for four-years overseas, including stops in Spain, England and Australia. He was the NBL Rookie of the Year in 2000 for the Canberra Cannons.

Patrick and his wife, Cassie of Oberlin Louisiana, have two daughters – Bailee and Madison.

PATRICK FILE
Year: First (in 2024-25)
Originally at LSU 2012-16
Birthdate: February 21, 1976
Wife: Cassie
Children: Bailee, Madison
Hometown: Hamilton, Bermuda
Education: Louisiana-Lafayette, 2000

Collegiate Coaching Experience
2005-06: Assistant Coach, Nicholls State
2006-10: Assistant Coach, St. Mary’s
2012-16: Assistant Coach, LSU
2016-18: Assistant Coach, TCU
2018-20: Head Coach, UC Riverside
2020-21: Associate Head Coach, Arkansas
2021-22: Associate Head Coach, Oklahoma
2022-24: Head Coach, Sacramento State
2024- : Associate Head Coach, LSU