David Patrick, an Australian who is currently lead assistant at TCU and has been credited for a good amount of LSU’s basketball recruiting success in past seasons, has been mentioned as potentially the leading candidate for the UC Riverside Men’s Basketball coaching job.
The Highlanders, under interim coach Justin Bell, were eliminated from the Big West tournament by UC Davis at Honda Center.
The Inland Sports radio show on KUBE/1350 reported that Patrick had been offered the job by athletic director Tamica Smith Jones. Earlier, two sources speaking on the condition of anonymity had indicated they’d been told Patrick was a strong, if not the leading, candidate for the job.
Born in Bermuda, Patrick grew up in Australia. He played one season at Syracuse, for a team that reached the 1996 NCAA championship game, and then transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette, where he played point guard from 1997-2000. He played four years professionally in Australia, England and Spain, was an assistant coach at Nicholls State for one year and St. Mary’s for four, and then spent time as a scout with the Houston Rockets.
Patrick is in his second season as TCU’s Assistant Head Coach under Jamie Dixon. TCU is 21-11 and was beaten in the Big 12 Tournament by Texas Tech 66 - 64.