Steve Patterson Named Texas Men’s Athletics Director


The University of Texas finalizes decision on DeLoss Dodds’ successor.
The University of Texas finalizes decision on DeLoss Dodds’ successor.

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas will hire Steve Patterson as its new Men’s Athletics Director. The Longhorn graduate with an extensive professional background in the state of Texas will replace DeLoss Dodds, who is retiring after 32 years.

Patterson, 55, has served as athletic director at Arizona State University since 2012. Previously, he worked more than two decades as an executive with the NFL’s Houston Texans, the NBA’s Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Aeros professional hockey team. Before his time at ASU, Patterson served as president of Pro Sports Consulting.

Patterson earned both a bachelor’s degree in business (1980) and a law degree (1984) from Texas.

“Steve Patterson emerged as the perfect candidate to build on Texas’ athletic success and DeLoss Dodds’ legacy,” said UT Austin President Bill Powers. “Steve helped build an NBA championship team and brought the Super Bowl game to Houston. Far more important, he’s run a winning program at Arizona State that places students first and is committed to their lifelong success.”

The appointment is subject to approval from the UT System Board of Regents, which is scheduled to meet Nov. 12 and 13. Patterson would begin at The University later this fall.

Powers plans to formally introduce Patterson at a news conference on campus this week.


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