Andrae Patterson joined the UT Arlington men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in 2012 after serving two years as director of operations.
Patterson came to UT Arlington after retiring from a success professional career. He was drafted in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 46th overall selection. He played in 40 career regular season games with Minnesota over the next two seasons.
Following his NBA career, Patterson played for nine seasons in the top European Leagues. His teams in Europe included KK Zadar (Croatia), Ricoh Manresa (Spain), Ironi Ashkelon (Isreal), Panellinios BC (Greece), and most notably Adecco Estudiantes (Spain), before joining Egaleo AO (Greece) in 2007 where he finished his playing career.
He played collegiately at Indiana for Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight. During his All-American career at IU, Patterson led the Hoosiers to four NCAA Tournament appearances. He was a four-time All-Big Ten selection and represented the United States at the World U-22 Championships in 1997.
A native of Abilene, Texas, Patterson was a standout prep player at Cooper High School. As a senior, Patterson averaged more than 27 points and 14 rebounds per game. In its first 30 years of athletics, Cooper had captured one district basketball championship. Patterson led the Cougars to titles as a sophomore and senior. He was a three-time district MVP and, as a senior, was named the state's top player and a Parade All-American.
Andrae and his wife Kiana live in Colleyville with his daughters Jayden and Kimora.