PHILADELPHIA –Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has named Norman Patten as head men's and women's tennis coach, Assistant Vice President of Athletics Tom Shirley announced on Tuesday. Patten joins the Rams after working as a private tennis coach throughout the Philadelphia area.
"We are happy to welcome Norman to the athletics department," said Shirley. "His aspirations to be a collegiate head coach were very clear to us and we are excited to provide him with that opportunity. His experience at the Division II level is also a plus and we look forward to seeing what he can do with our program."
"I am excited to join the Jefferson athletic department and would like to thank Tom Shirley and the athletics staff for this opportunity," said Patten. "I am ready to join the collegiate coaching ranks and look forward to helping our student-athletes grow as tennis players and as people."
Patten worked as a junior development coach as well as an adult and junior private professional at Tennis Addiction in Exton, Pa. from 2016-18. From 2014-15, he was the junior summer program director, an adult and junior clinic director and a private and group coach at Hecht & Hamlin Tennis Centers at the University of Pennsylvania. Patten is a USTPA and PTR certified coach.
Patten played collegiately at West Chester University from 2014-18. During his senior season, he finished second on the squad with four singles victories. In the fall of 2016, Patten advanced to the championship match of the PSAC Individual Championships. He was a team captain and a SAAC representative during his time with the Golden Rams.
A 2018 graduate of West Chester, Patten majored in business management and business marketing with a minor in international business. He is a senior financial advisor/partner for Platinum Financial Services, LLC.