Women's Basketball helped out during the Woodlands Assisted Living 2011 Fall Festival
Eva Patterson-Heath is currently in her sixth season as the head coach of the Fayetteville State women's basketball program.
In her previous five seasons at the helm of the Lady Broncos, she has compiled an 82-58 overall record and 48-37 mark in CIAA play.
Patterson-Heath's first season as head coach of Fayetteville State was nothing short of a success. The Lady Broncos went 20-10 overall and 13-7 in the CIAA, advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the sixth time and won the school's third CIAA Championship. Fayetteville State beat every team in the CIAA in 2009-10, including three wins over Johnson C. Smith.
Patterson-Heath joined Maceo Smith and Eric Tucker as the only coaches in school history to win a CIAA Championship while becoming, along with Smith, the one of two coaches in FSU history to win 20 or more games in their first season.
In just five seasons, Patterson-Heath has already led her team to three 20-win seasons. In 2012-13, the Lady Broncos finished 24-5 overall and 14-2 in the CIAA en route to advancing all the way to the CIAA Tournament championship game.Fayetteville State made a repeat trip to the conference championship game to conclude the 2013-14. FSU produced a 21-7 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the CIAA before falling in the tournament finals.
Patterson-Heath has coached six CIAA All-Conference Team members at FSU in Deja Middleton (2009-10), Tiffany Haywood (2009-10, 2010-11), Bria Robinson (2011-12), Kristen Hanzer (2012-13), Shuanda Ashford (2012-13) and Tierra Coleman (2012-13). Middleton also earned CIAA Defensive Player of the Year honors in the 2009-10 season and Haywood was named 2010 CIAA Tournament MVP. Robinson earned CIAA All-Rookie Team honors during her freshman campaign. Hanzer was named CIAA Player of the Year in 2012-13. Five players have also been named CIAA Preseason All-Conference during Patterson-Heath's tenure in Erica Gilley and L'Oreal Price (2009-10), Haywood and LaQuasha Jordan (2010-11) and Akysia Resper (2012-13, 2013-14).
For 24 years before arriving in Fayetteville, Patterson-Heath was the Head Girl's Basketball Coach at Red Springs High School in Red Springs, North Carolina.
She led the Red Devils to a 503-128 record. Her teams won 17 conference titles, 11 conference tournament championships, had 23 state playoff appearances and played in the state championship game twice.
Patterson-Heath developed 21 collegiate student-athletes, seven North Carolina East-West All-Star players, three Robeson County Players of the Year and one Cape Fear Region Player of the Year.
In September of 2012, she was inducted into the North Carolina A&T State Athletics Hall of Fame, which is her alma mater. In 2009 she was in the Inaugural class inducted into the Robeson County Sports Hall of Fame and, in 2006, was chosen as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Female Coach of the Year. Patterson-Heath organized the Inaugural Lady Devils Holiday Invitational Tournament in 1991. That led to the establishment of the Robeson County Girls Christmas Classic which has become a major tournament for the area. In 1994 she established the boys and girls cross country teams at Red Springs and in 2004 co-founded the Robeson County Cross-Country Championships. She led her cross country teams to 10 conference championships after 1994.
She was a four-year starter for the North Carolina A&T State women's basketball program from 1974-77, and was a team co-captain during each of those four seasons. She led the team in scoring during the 1975-76 season and then was the team-leader in rebounding the following season. Patterson-Heath was part of two North Carolina Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women District III championship teams (1975-77), and was presented the Senior Award that culminated all of her accomplishments while at North Carolina A&T State.
Though active in sports, Patterson-Heath has an intense passion for education and community service. She served on the Board of Directors for Communities in schools and has been a volunteer coach for the Robeson County Special Olympics.
In 2005, she received the Lumberton Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Award for Community Service. She was a two-time Red Springs High School Teacher of the Year and, in 1999, was awarded the Educator of the Year Award by the Robeson County Black Caucus.
Patterson-Heath's career began in 1977 as an activities coordinator with the Robeson County Parks and Recreation Department. Her coaching careers in basketball, cross country and track led to her becoming an athletic director.
Patterson-Heath is a 1977 graduate of North Carolina A&T State where she received a Bachelor's of Science in History with a concentration in Education. She later received her certification from FSU in Special Education and her Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
She is married to FSU Director of Intramurals and Hall of Famer, Tim Heath. They have one daughter - Rekha Patterson - who is a member of the women's basketball coaching staff at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Patterson-Heath Year-By-Year Record At Fayetteville State