Head Coach, Men's Basketball; Adjunct Professor in Physical Education
Location: Hermanson Center
- M.B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, W.Va.
- B.MdS., West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
Patella was named head men's basketball coach at D&E in 2015. The Elkins native joined the program after coaching at his high school alma mater, Elkins High School. Prior to that he served three years as head men's and women's golf coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC). He also served as sports information director at WVWC.
After graduating with a multidisciplinary studies degree from West Virginia University, Patella was an assistant for men's basketball head coach Bill Lilly at WVWC. After spending three years at WVWC and earning his MBA degree, Patella shifted his coaching focus to AAU basketball with Halo Hoops in Wilmington, N.C. He spent four years with Halo helping youth basketball players achieve their goals of playing collegiate basketball.
Patella was an invited men's basketball walk-on who earned a scholarship at West Virginia University and played from 2002-2005 under one of the nation's top college basketball coaches, John Beilein. Despite his playing career being cut short, Patella continued with the team throughout the 2004-2005 Elite 8 season, shifting his focus to coaching and absorbing as much knowledge as he could from Beilein.