ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine athletics department is saddened to learn of the passing of former women's soccer coach David Patterson. Patterson coached the Black Bears from 1995 to 1998.
A native of Northern Ireland, Patterson captained the the Northern Ireland U-15 National Team which which won the European Championships in 1979. Patterson started the women's soccer program at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina in 1990 and in 1993 the team finished 12-4-3 and was ranked 15th in the nation in NCAA Division II.
Patterson was named women's soccer coach at Maine in December of 1994, the fourth coach in Maine women's soccer history. In 1996, the team finished 8-8-1, setting the school record for wins in a season. It was also the first time the team had ever posted a .500 mark.
Following his time with the Black Bears, Patterson coached at Maine Maritime Academy and at Bangor High School. He made a profound and lasting impact on the young women and men that he coached.
The athletic department sends its thoughts, prayers and condolences to his wife, Lori, and his sons, Sam and Jack at this most difficult time.