SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 13, 2019) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) has announced the addition of Patty Medina as the assistant coach for women's basketball. She comes to OLLU after three-years as a collegiate head coach. She spent one year at Westcliff University in Irvine, Calif., and two years at Bethesda University in Anaheim, Calif. Before that, she was an assistant coach at the community college level throughout Southern California for six years.
Medina joins Head Coach Stacy Stephens, who began her position this summer. She joined the Saints in 2017 as the assistant coach after an illustrious collegiate and professional career in basketball. She played for the University of Texas, where in 2017, she was inducted into the UT Athletics Women's Hall of Honor. In July, it was announced that she would join the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020.
At Westcliff University, Medina was the head coach for the women's basketball inaugural season. She recruited a complete roster, competed in 32 games, including against NCAA Division 1 schools, and provided the Warriors' first-year program the opportunity to be on ESPN3. Before her departure, Medina secured the Warriors' future success by signing many incoming freshmen and transfers to join the returning seniors for the following year.
Before Westcliff, Medina spent two years at Bethesda University as a head coach, where she was named National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) West Region Coach of the Year in back to back seasons. She also served as the NCCAA West Region Chairman for two years. In 2018, she started her own nonprofit, Hooper Mentality Foundation, which is an initiative that, aside from free basketball clinics and camps, provides mental-skills training, life-skills training and leadership workshops for young athletes in the United States and Mexico.
Medina preceded her time at the four-year college level with six years as an assistant coach at community colleges. She played a large role in several areas of each of the programs, including administrative, budgets, scouting, recruitment, compliance and academics. At Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., she helped the program earn a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) Co-Conference Championship in 2011. The following year, she helped lead San Diego Mesa College to become the 2012 undefeated (12-0) PCAC Conference Champions.
Prior to entering into the college ranks, Medina spent six years at Sweetwater High School in National City, Calif. The school earned its first league championship in 15 years and hosted its first California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) playoff home game in the 35-year history of the school. Her 16 years of coaching, including the three years as head coach, have provided Medina a wealth of knowledge that she hopes to apply at OLLU.
Medina was born in Sonora, Mexico, and she grew up in San Diego. She earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology from San Diego State University and a master's degree in Education from National University.
Medina now resides in San Antonio with her son.
The Saints begin their 2019-2020 season in November with a quest to repeat as the RRAC champions. They won both the regular season and tournament trophies and qualified for their eighth trip to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Two of the trips resulted in a round of 16 finish and five were first-round appearances. Last year, they went farther than any team in OLLU history when they finished their season in the semifinals.