March 29, 2011
UCLA head football coach Rick Neuheisel announced today that Marcus Patton will join the Bruin staff as the defensive graduate assistant coach.
Patton, who played football at Kansas State University, joins the Bruins after working last season as the defensive graduate assistant at the University of South Florida on the staff of head coach Skip Holtz. At USF, he worked with the defensive backs, assisted with the scheme and defensive game plan, assisted with recruiting and special teams and ran the special teams and offensive scout teams during practices. The 2010 squad posted an 8-5 record, including a win over Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Prior to that assignment, Patton was employed as a teacher and football coach at Lakeland, FL High School from 2007-2010. He coached the defensive backs and helped the Dreadnaughts win three state championships and two national championships. In 2006, Patton worked as a teacher and football coach at Miami, FL Senior High School. He served as the defensive coordinator and coached the defensive line and the running backs. In 2005, Patton worked as a teacher and football coach at Port St. Lucie, FL High School. He was the defensive coordinator and coached the linebackers and quarterbacks. In 2004, Patton was a teacher and football coach at Clayton High School in St. Louis, MO. He worked with the defensive backs and receivers and was the assistant defensive coordinator. The Clayton defense led the St. Louis area in interceptions and forced turnovers that season and won the 2004 class 4 Missouri state championship.
Patton played college football at Kansas State from 2001-04 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science in December of 2004. He was a member of the 2003 Big 12 Championship team which defeated Oklahoma in the conference championship game to earn the Wildcats' first conference football title since 1934. In 2002, he was a Purple Pride Award Winner. Marcus was listed on the Big 12 Academic Honor Roll for two semesters. He transferred to KSU after attending Southeast Missouri State during the 2000 season and redshirted at K-State in 2001. An all-state performer as a running back and defensive back at Jennings High School in St. Louis, MO, Patton rushed for over 2,000 yards in his prep career.