As an assistant, Patterson helped Grentz sign a recruiting class that was ranked 21st in the nation according to Blue Star Report in the fall of 2006 and maintain strong recruiting ties in the Midwest and Junior Colleges nation wide. He also oversaw all game scouting, scheduling and summer camps. On the court he worked directly with the post players whom were often recognized on the All-Big 10 teams.
Prior to his stint at Illinois, Patterson spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Wyoming - one year under head coach Cindy Fisher and his final year under head coach Joe Legerski. He gained extensive experience in the video area while working with the Cowgirls, in particular with the XOS video editing system, which is used by many professional and college teams to formulate scouting reports and generate tendencies. While at Wyoming, Patterson worked closely with Drew Perry, currently the video coordinator for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, to help test and improve XOS software.
A native of Algoma, Wis., Patterson attended Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn., for two years before transferring to the University of Wyoming in 1998. While at Wyoming he served as an administrative assistant for the men's basketball team for four seasons. His duties with the Cowboys included recruiting, summer camps, film exchange and organizing "The Sixth Man Club," a student fan organization that rose to over 1,200 members during his tenure and is still currently the largest student group on campus.
Patterson earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Wyoming in May of 2002 and completed his master's degree in kinesiology in 2005, also at Wyoming.
Blaine and his wife Amanda were married in June of 2008. The couple resides in Pittsburgh's North Hills.