New head coach joins Hawks' Women's Basketball
Kaylee Patton has been named the new head coach of the HFC Women’s Basketball team.
Most recently, Patton, of Royal Oak, was assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield for two years. Her coaching job at HFC is her first head coaching position. She replaces previous head coach Gwen Burton, who left to become the head coach at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee.
"For me, the best part of coaching is player development," says Patton. "I’m a big believer in development. I like being able to develop players so they can make it to the next level, whether it’s helping them on the court or in the classroom or as a person overall – that’s huge to me,” said Patton.
A native of Waynesfield, OH, Patton played basketball at Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in three years. She played guard, and she was a captain all three years. She attended Tiffin on an athletic scholarship.
After graduating from Tiffin, during her last year of eligibility, Patton played at Keiser University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. While at Keiser, Patton averaged 15 points per game. She was awarded Sun Conference Newcomer of the Year, First-Team Sun Conference, and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American Honorable Mention, finishing her college career by hitting the 1,000-point milestone.
When Kylene Biggs left Tiffin to become head coach of the Lawrence Tech Blue Devils, Patton joined her as an assistant coach. While at Lawrence Tech, Patton earned her MBA.
First order of business
Patton's first order of business at HFC is to set up more individualized workouts with the returning players.
“I like doing individual workouts, which will help them become better basketball players in the long run,” said Patton. She also notes that maintaining a high GPA and being good community members will be priorities for her student athletes.
“I want to thank (Hawks Athletic Director) Rochelle Taylor and the hiring committee for trusting me to lead the women’s basketball program the way they want it to be led. I’m grateful for this opportunity. I’m eager to get started, and can’t wait until the season begins.”
The season starts in November. Visit HenryFordHawks.com for all HFC sports schedules.