The Arizona Coyotes turned to a familiar face in the region on Wednesday by naming Steve Patterson as the club's new president, chief executive officer and alternate governor.
The Coyotes also announced that general manager John Chayka has been promoted to president of hockey operations. He will retain the general manager title.
"We are very pleased to name Steve as our new president and CEO," Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway said in a statement. "Steve has a wealth of experience and has served as an innovative and successful executive in the NFL, NBA, professional hockey, professional baseball and college athletics for over 30 years. He's built championship teams and organizations and has managed stadiums, ballparks and arenas across the United States. Most importantly, he previously worked in our market and has the necessary corporate and political relationships to help us secure a long-term home for the Coyotes in the Valley. We're thrilled to have him join us."
Patterson served as Arizona State's athletic director from 2011-13 before accepting the same position at Texas. The 59-year-old resigned from his post in September 2015 and will fill the position previously held by Anthony LaBlanc, who stepped down after nearly four years.
"I'm extremely honored to join the Arizona Coyotes organization," Patterson said. "My wife and I loved living in the Valley of the Sun and we are so excited to return to Arizona. The Valley is a great hockey market with an incredibly loyal and passionate fan base. I'm looking forward to working with Mr. Barroway to create a successful franchise on and off the ice and I'm very excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead."
The primary challenge ahead for Patterson is to aid in the team's long-running search for a new home.
Patterson was responsible for the design, financing and construction of Reliant Stadium (now NRG Stadium) while serving as senior vice president and chief development officer for the NFL's Houston Texans (1997-2003). He also had a hand in the renovations of the Rose Garden (now Moda Center) in Portland and the then-Compaq Center in Houston.