Andre Patterson returned to the NFL ranks as defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 under head coach Mike Zimmer after serving as the defensive line coach and assistant head coach for Florida International University.
Patterson is a veteran coach with nearly 30 years of experience on the defensive side of the ball, mostly with the defensive line. His career has spanned 14 seasons in college football, 10 prior years working in the NFL and five seasons at the start of career as a high school head coach.
Patterson recently spent three seasons under former head coach Mike Price at UTEP (2010-12), whom he also worked for at Weber State (1988) and Washington State (1992-93).
Patterson's most significant development at UTEP came in 2011 when the Miners collected 10 more sacks than the previous year and in one fewer game. The Miners also upped their tackle for loss count by double digits, from 50 to 60. Patterson's first year in the Sun City produced staggering defensive improvement. A year after allowing 33.5 points and 446.9 yards per game, the Miners held four teams to less than 300 yards of offense and eight to 24 points or less. UTEP yielded fewer than 300 yards in four games for only the third time since 1977, and 24 points or fewer in eight games for the first time in 20 years.
UTEP's defensive success was even more remarkable considering that the pass rush generated only 14 sacks, the team's lowest number since 1985. The Miners also totaled 11 interceptions in 13 games. Patterson went to El Paso after working two seasons at UNLV (2008-09) under Mike Sanford, where he was the Rebels' Assistant Head Coach while overseeing the defensive line.
Besides a 10-year stint in the NFL, Patterson also enjoyed a successful run as the head coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1994-96.
His NFL career included stops at New England (1997), Minnesota (1998-99), Dallas (2000-02), Cleveland (2003-04) and Denver (2005-06). In the NFL Patterson worked under several prominent head coaches: Dave Campo (Dallas), Pete Carroll (New England), Butch Davis (Cleveland), Dennis Green (Minnesota) and Mike Shanahan (Denver).
While in Denver, Patterson was involved with a defensive unit that finished second in the NFL in rushing defense (85.2 yards per game) and tied for third in points allowed (16.1 average) in 2005. The Broncos were eighth in the league in points allowed (19.1 average) in 2006.
Patterson coached Glover to his third straight Pro Bowl appearance in Dallas, while working with a Cowboy defense ranked fourth in the league in yards allowed (287.4 average) in 2001. In 1997, Patterson helped New England rate fourth in the NFL in rushing defense (101 yards per game).
Patterson spent nine seasons (1988-96) in the college coaching ranks prior to his extended stay in the NFL. He was an assistant at Weber State, Western Washington (as defensive coordinator in 1989), Cornell (1990-91) and Washington State prior to landing the head job at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Patterson directed Cal Poly to a 7-4 record and league title in 1994 en route to being named the American West Conference Coach of the Year.
He helped Washington State to a nine-win campaign in 1992 and a Copper Bowl win over Utah. Patterson was also a part of an Ivy League championship team at Cornell in 1990.
A native of Camden, Ark., Patterson launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Montana, in 1982. He was the defensive coordinator at Renton High School in Washington (1983-86) and head coach at St. Monica High School in California (1987) before returning to the college level.