David Patrick has been hired as an assistant coach on the staff of new TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon.
Patrick spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Louisiana State University.
Patrick spent four seasons with the LSU Tigers and helped the staff secure two top-five recruiting classes, including last year’s, which featured top prospect Ben Simmons, his godson.
During his four years in Baton Rouge, Patrick helped LSU rejuvenate its program and average 20 wins a season, which culminated into a 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance. The Tigers recorded a total of 80 wins in his tenure, while sending Johnny O’Bryant III, Martin and Mickey to the NBA. He also helped with the Tigers attract such players as Keith Hornsby, Josh Gray, Jalyn Patterson and Aaron Epps.
Before his time at LSU, Patrick was a scout with the Houston Rockets. He was on the staff for four years at St. Mary’s and helped the Gaels create their “aussie pipeline” and he also spent a year at Nicholls State.
While at SMC, the Gaels went to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2010. Both squads won a school record 28 games, while the 2010 team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. During his tenure, Saint Mary’s averaged 25 wins a season thanks in large part to Patrick’s work of signing Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova. Mills currently stars for the San Antonio Spurs, while Dellavedova has played three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Patrick, who was born in Bermuda and grew up in Australia, played one season at Syracuse where he was a member of the 1996 NCAA Final Four team that finished as the national runner-up. He then transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette where he played for three seasons.
Patrick came to the United States in 1994 after a stint playing with the Australian Junior National Team. He played high school basketball at Chapel Trafton in Louisiana 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 was named an All-Australian player from 1992-94.