Penn State Harrisburg’s longest-tenured coach, Ross Patrick is set to enter his 13th season as women’s basketball head coach in 2020-21.
He is one of just two head coaches in program history and he recently surpassed the 100-win mark for his career in 2017.
Under Patrick’s guidance, 11 players have earned North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) All-Conference recognition. He has also coached multiple 1,000 point scorers and helped develop the program’s all-time leading scorer in Kaitlyn Carmo (1,168 points).
Most recently, Patrick led his group to a NEAC Playoff Tournament berth in 2019-20. The Lions were victorious in their annual Pride Spirit Honor Tournament in November and the squad set the single-game program record for 3-pointers made in January. Kendis Butler had a record-breaking campaign that saw her set new marks for points in a season and points in a single game. For her efforts, she earned a spot on the NEAC All-Conference First Team. The Blue & White continued to rank among the nation’s best from beyond the arc, finishing top 10 in both total 3-pointers made and 3-pointers made per game.
During the 2018-19 campaign, Patrick led the Lions to a CAC Playoff berth. Under his leadership, Shanique Mattis earned CAC All-Conference First-Team honors. With the implementation of his offensive principles, the team ranked second in the nation in 3-point attempts and finished sixth in the country in 3-pointers made.
The program earned its first victory over a top-10 nationally-ranked team when the Lions secured a road victory over No. 7 Mary Washington during the 2016-17 season. To open the 2015-16 campaign, the Blue & White won Ramapo’s Tip-Off Tournament Championship before Kiara Carter capped the year with a CAC Second-Team All-Conference selection.
In 2010-11, Patrick’s squad racked up 18 wins and advanced to the semifinal round of the NEAC Playoff Tournament. Daril Foose also became the first player in program history to earn first-team all-conference recognition. The 2011-12 season was an historic one, as Penn State Harrisburg won a program-record 19 games and went 17-1 in NEAC play. The Lions won the NEAC South Division Title, with Foose and Dorothea Dixon picking up second-team all-conference honors in the process. Dixon also became just the ninth player in NCAA history to record a quadruple-double when she tallied 12 assists, 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals in a win over Penn State Berks in December. Patrick led his team back to the NEAC Postseason Tournament after winning 18 games in 2012-13; a season that ended with Mercedes Copeland (2T) and Miranda Zeanchock (3T) securing all-conference honors.
The program has also been strong in the classroom and during Patrick’s tenure, 68 players have earned the distinction of being named NEAC or CAC All-Academic Scholar-Athletes.
Before arriving at Penn State Harrisburg, Patrick spent eight seasons as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Elizabethtown under head coach Yvonne Kauffman, the third-most winningest NCAA Division III head coach of all-time. He played at and graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Marketing in 1999 before earning his master’s degree in Sports Management from Millersville University in 2008.
In addition to his coaching duties, Patrick also serves as the equipment manager for Penn State Harrisburg’s athletic department. He currently resides in nearby Mount Joy, Pa. with his wife, Claudia, and his children, Riley and Cydney.