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Former Texas Longhorns football coach Mack Brown, who won the inaugural award in 2012, presented the award to Patterson during the banquet. The award's namesake, legendary coach Gene Stallings, was also on hand.
The award is given to an NCAA Division I coach who is both a humanitarian in the community and an exceptional coach. Other past winners include Washington's Chris Petersen, Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio.
The award is named in honor of Stallings' late son, Johnny, who was born with Down syndrome, and those who triumph no matter their circumstances. Proceeds from the banquet benefit The Rise Schools, which give students with intellectual disabilities the education and social foundation to become contributing members of society.
"It means a lot because of what it stands for and what we do for TCU and for Fort Worth, and to be recognized for those things that Coach Stallings stood for," Patterson said. "You watched him on TV growing up as a little kid along with Bobby Dodd, Coach [John] Robinson, coaches who stayed at their schools a long time and gave back to the community. It's cool for me to win this. I'm glad to be part of this group."
Patterson has been at TCU since 1998 and the head coach since December 2000. He's the nation's second-longest tenured coach and has won more games (160) than any coach in Horned Frogs' history. Patterson has won 20 national coaches of the year awards but the humanitarian aspect of the Stallings Award sets this honor apart.
"You like to earn accolades for what you do professionally, but I think when you get an award for something that is outside your typical responsibilities are, especially for Fort Worth, a place we call home, it's especially meaningful," said Patterson's wife Kelsey Patterson.