Brian Patton of Hillsboro was inducted into the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 30, at a banquet in Greenville, SC.
Patton is currently the head cross country and track and field coach at Greenville University. Also inducted into the NCCAA Hall of Fame were Dr. Keith Connor of Southern Wesleyan University and Judy Fox from Houghton College.
A 1984 graduate of Hillsboro High School, Patton is the son of Whitey and Linda Patton of Hillsboro. He graduated from Greenville College in 1988, and he and his wife, Heather, have two sons, Elijah and Caleb.
During his time at Greenville University, Patton's men's indoor and outdoor teams have won a total of ten NCCAA national championships. He has also been named NCCAA coach or coaching staff of the year ten times, while being named conference cross country coach of the year 25 times.
Patton's men's and women's cross country teams have won a combined 31 conference championships, and the track and field teams have taken four conference championships since track and field was introduced as an official conference sport in 2017.
"When people think about Greenville cross country and track and field, they think of Brian Patton," said Greenville University Dean of Students Ross Baker. "While he has had continued success in both programs over the past two decades, truly his success has been showing his athletes what following Christ looks like and discipling them along the way."
Throughout his career, several hundred student athletes would not have had the opportunity to compete for a conference championship without Patton's work and his dedication to building the program at Greenville University.
Within the NCCAA, Patton has served as national or vice-chair in indoor and outdoor track and field for many years and has worked hard to provide a quality experience for everyone in the NCCAA community.
"Brian is a determined, persistent, responsible and caring innovator," said Greenville University Dean of Professional Studies Doug Faulkner. "His coaching aptitude speaks for itself regarding conference and national championships. But he has a heart for the lost, and he lives out the parable of leaving the 99 to find one."
Consistently, Patton's teams have been recognized by both the NCCAA and the NCAA for their academic achievements regarding team and individual grade point averages. He has also mentored 699 NCCAA track and field All-Americans and 72 NCAA Division III track and field All-Americans, since he started in 1994.
"Brian's commitment to excellence in all he does has led to this honor that is so well deserved," said NCCAA Executive Director Dan Wood. "He simply honors his Lord in how he serves, trains and leads. He is humble, yet strives to excel, which is a unique balancing act within the Christian experience."