Coach Faith Johnson Patterson


TCMS Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Head Coach

Hall of Fame Coach Faith Johnson Patterson is one of the most successful and inspiring high school girls’ basketball coaches in Minnesota State history.  She has established two of the most dominating programs in girls’ basketball state history: Minneapolis North and DeLaSalle. Over the course of her career, the legendary coach has earned the respect of her peers at the high school and collegiate level. Her dedication to bringing out the best in her athletes has allowed her to estabish a reputation among college coaches for understanding what it takes to be a successful player at the highest levels.  In 2012, Coach Johnson Patterson became the first African American female basketball coach to be inducted in the Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.  Johnson Patterson was also the first African American female basketball coach to coach in and win a Minnesota State high school basketball Championship.  Coach Johnson Patterson is a pioneer in her community, not only for people, but also for women. In 2011, Patterson was the only female basketball coach named by the Minnesota State High School League as one of the Top 5 Best Coaches in Minnesota’s 100 years of High School Basketball State Tournaments.  She also ranks #1 amongst all boys and girls coaches in the State in several categories.  Coach Johnson Patterson has coached in 42 State Tournament games, the most in the State amongst boys and girls in high school basketball.  Her State Tournament record is 36-6, ranking #1 with the most wins amongst boys and girls in State History.  Coach Johnson Patterson has won 8 State Championships (Tied #1 for the most State Tournament Championships) —5 at North and 3 at DeLaSalle. Her teams have participated in 14 State Tournaments,  making to the Championship game 12 times which ranks #1 amongst boys and girls in State History. She recently became the 1st coach, girls or boys in Minnesota, to three-peat at two different high schools: Minneapolis North and DeLaSalle.  While at Minneapolis North, her team mades 9 Consecutive State Tournament Appearances, also ranking #1.  As of 2013, her overall record was 416-99, averaging 23 wins per season and 5 losses.  She also serves on several committees, including Team Women Minnesota and the Minnesota Hall of Fame.  Coach Johnson Patterson has 22 former players who have earned Division I scholarships, (over 2 million dollars in scholarship money), not to mention Division II, III or other level of secondary education.  Her players have gone on to graduate from college and become role models and mentors for other young women.  She has been intimately involved in many local community organizations. In addition to coaching, Coach Johnson Patterson works in the Employment Industry with the second chance movement.  Coach Johnson Patterson has a natural gift of impacting and believes in utilizing this gift to help change lives.  Coach Johnson Patterson also understands the importance of females participating in sports: the benefits that it can provide, the confidence it brings, and the tools it can gives to help one become successful in life.

Coach Johnson Patterson earned a Division I basketball scholarship at the University Of Wisconsin, Madison which not only paid for her education, but also provided her a “leg up” and exposure to the possibilities of another level of success that she might not have ever been exposed to.  As a result, Coach Johnson Patterson understands from first hand experience that “ Sports can change lives”.


  • Ability to identify and market unexposed and unknown athletes.
  • Ability to assess players’ skills and understand how they rank compared to others.
  • Ability to push athletes to a higher performance level.
  • Ability to teach and motivate.
  • Ability to foster a winning mentality and build confidence.
  • Ability to strategize and compete.
  • 22 years of experience coaching high school basketball.
  • Strong relationships with national college coaches and scouting services built over the past 22 years.
  • Experienced player advocate and negotiator.
  • Results-oriented.


2013 – National Girls & Women in Sports Day MN – Special Merit Award

2012 – MN Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee

2012 – MSHSL 100 Years of Basketball History Top Five Girls Coaches

2012 – MSHSL 100 Years of Basketball History Top Five Girls Team

2012 – MSHSL 100 Years of Basketball History Top Five Girls Finishes

  • Ranks #1 of all MN boyy and girls highschool basketball coaches with  9 Consecutive State Tournament Appearances
  • Ranks #1 of all MN boys and girls high school basketball coaches with 8 State Tournament Championps (tied Myron Glass)
  • Ranks #1 of all MN boys and girls high school basketball coaches with 12 State Tournament Final Appearances
  • Ranks #1 of all MN boys and girls high school basketball coaches with 36 State Tournament Wins
  • Ranks #1 of all MN boys and girls high school basketball coaches with 42 State Tournament Games Coached
  • Ranks #2 of all girls high school basketball coaches with 14 State Tournament Appearances (tied Mike Drier)

State Section Championships: 14

State Second Place Finishes: 4

State Third Place Finishes: 2

Conference Championships: 16

Sports Illustrated Feature Media 2/21/2000, General Mills – 1999 commemorative – Box of Wheaties, ESPN Sports Feature – 1998 Championship Team – MSC Television Feature 1998, Featured on WCCO “Life to the Max” Television Show
2002 Selected to Coach in the Adidas Top Ten All American Camp
6 time Section Coach of the Year