Inducted Class of 2000
A native of New Mexico, Patton built quite an impressive coaching record. As assistant coach at Marana High School, he led the football team to conference championships for three years and state championships in 1968 and 1969. In 1969, Marana won Arizona state championships in football, basketball and track. As basketball coach at Marana (1965-73), his team captured conference championships six times and was runners-up in the state championships three times. He was named Coach of the Year and to the All-State Coaching Staff (1969 and 1972) by the Arizona Republic.
As basketball coach at Pima Community College (1973-81), he led his team to the Arizona Community College Conference championship in 1980, the year he was named Junior College Coach of the Year by the Republic. While coaching at Central Arizona College (1981-94), Patton conducted basketball camps for various areas, including Eloy and San Manuel.
His coaching record at Central Arizona College included 13 consecutive years in the Region 1 playoffs and numerous Coach of the Year honors.