James Patton kicked off his Hoosiers coaching career on Wednesday.
Feb. 14, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -James Patton has joined the Indiana football coaching staff as recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach.
Patton talked to the Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer on his first day in Bloomington:
Patton has 14 years of experience in the Midwest, spending seven as a player and coach at Miami (Ohio) University and seven as an assistant coach at Northwestern University. He has coached the offensive line at the University of Oklahoma since 2006.
In his career, Patton has coached in 10 bowl games and on six conference championship teams. He spent six years with IU head coach Kevin Wilson at Miami (1990-94, 98), three at Northwestern (1999-2001) and five at Oklahoma (2006-10).
Patton also coached with Hoosiers assistant offensive coordinator Kevin Johns at Northwestern (1999-2001, 2004-05) and played with Indiana running backs coach Deland McCullough (1992).
The Lafayette, Ohio, native earned four letters as a tight end at Miami and had 45 career receptions for 504 yards and one score. He was named a captain his senior season and earned first team All-Mid-American Conference honors.
Patton earned his bachelor's degree in 1993 and his master's in 1995. He served as a graduate assistant in 1993 and 1994.
His wife, Nichole, was an all-state volleyball player at Fort Wayne's Homestead High School and went on to play at Miami. They have one son, Brayden (15), and three daughters, Katie (11), Madie (8) and Abbie (4).