Assistant head football coach Don Patterson officially announced his retirement Friday afternoon. Patterson has coached Division 1 football for 37 seasons and has been involved in 425 football games as a college football coach.
Though he is a cancer survivor, his retirement had nothing to do with health.
Don Patterson came to Connecticut to coach under Bob Diaco, who played for him while Patterson was on Hayden Fry's staff at Iowa. During his two-year tenure in Storrs he coached quarterbacks and tight ends, helping guide UConn to their first bowl appearance since the 2010-2011 season.
"It has been my privilege to represent the University of Connecticut these past two years," said Patterson in a press release from the university, "I leave Storrs with the satisfaction of knowing that UConn football is now in a much better place than when we first arrived. The players and coaches at UConn will always have a special place in our hearts, and we will remain loyal Husky fans for the rest of our days."