Gary Patterson (born February 13, 1960 in Larned, Kansas) is the head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs college football team. He grew up in Rozel, Kansas and played football at Dodge City Community College and Kansas State University. Patterson is married to the former Kelsey Hayes. He has three sons: Josh, Cade and Blake. He received his bachelor's degree from KSU in physical education in 1983. While coaching at Tennessee Tech he earned a master's degree in educational administration in 1984.
Patterson began his coaching career in 1982 at Kansas State, as an assistant to head coach Jim Dickey. After subsequently serving a number of years as an assistant coach at a number of different schools, Patterson was hired as Defensive Coordinator at the University of New Mexico in 1996. He served in that job for two years before leaving to take the same position at TCU in 1998. He was named head coach at TCU prior to the Mobile Alabama Bowl in December 2000, replacing Dennis Franchione who left to become the head coach at the University of Alabama.
Patterson remains friends with current Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill from their time as coaches on Franchione's staffs. Kill served as the best man during Patterson's wedding to wife Kelsey in 2004.