Norman Patton Gymnasium
It was the honor of Marana High School and the Marana Unified School District to name the Marana High School Multi-Use Gymnasium, “The Norman Patton Gymnasium”, after former Marana High School coach, Norman Patton. The Dedication Ceremony was held at Marana High School on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 6:30pm, prior to a MHS Boys Varsity Basketball Game.
“Norm Patton was known as a legendary coach at Marana High School,” states Dr. David Mandel, principal Marana High School. “He was instrumental in assisting and mentoring so many individuals who he believed were under-served in the Marana community for decades. He loved the Marana community and used athletics as a means to reach students and teach greater life lessons.”
Dr. Mandel further states, “Although his coaching accomplishments are incredibly impressive, Norm Patton will most be remembered for his unwavering support and unconditional love of all those who played for him. He turned boys into men and instilled lessons that extended far beyond the playing field or court. Naming the school’s gymnasium after Coach Patton, honors a remarkable man who played such an instrumental role in the history of not only Marana athletics, but the Marana community as a whole.”
Coach Patton was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and built an impressive coaching record throughout his career. He began his career at Marana High School as an assistant football, baseball, and basketball coach. During this time, the MHS football team won three conference championships and two state championships in 1968 and 1969. Shortly after joining Marana High, he was named the head boy’s basketball coach in 1965 and remained in that position until 1973. As a mentor and inspirational coach, he led his team to six conference championships and three state championships in 1969, 1970, and 1972. His 1969 and 1972 teams went a combined 49-0, and the 1969 squad was part of Marana’s exceptional year of state championships that included football, baseball, track, and basketball. He was named the Arizona High School Coach of the Year and to the All-State Coaching Staff (1969 and 1972) by the Arizona Republic.
After his tenure at Marana High School, he coached basketball at Pima Community College (1973-1981). He led his team to the Arizona Community College Conference Championship in 1980 and was named the Junior College Coach of the Year by the Arizona Republic. He then coached at Central Arizona College (1981-1994). His coaching record at Central Arizona College included thirteen consecutive years in the Region 1 playoffs and numerous Coach of the Year honors. He won conference championships in 1984 and 1992 and regional championships in 1982, 1984, and 1992, with the 1992 team taking sixth place nationally. Over the years, he conducted many basketball camps for various areas across the state, including Eloy and San Manuel.
For additional information, including memories from family, friends, and players, please read the AZPreps365 article "Marana High School names gym in honor of former basketball coach", written by Marana High School student Amanda Eddingfield.