Georgia Tech baseball's Eric Patterson will serve on the 16U National Team Development program staff for USA Baseball in 2018
Former Tech standout and a 2016 Georgia Tech Hall of Fame, inductee Eric Patterson was named the volunteer assistant coach in July 2017.
Patterson will help coach the infielders, base runners and assist Coach Nickeas with the hitters.
Patterson’s career got off to a flying start in 2002, when he earned third-team all-America honors and helped spur the Yellow Jackets to their second trip to the College World Series. During his career at Tech, he made the all-ACC team three times in three years and helped the Jackets to 140 victories, an ACC Tournament title in 2003 and an ACC regular-season title in 2004.
A terror on the base paths, he stole 124 bases in three seasons; three shy of the Tech record. He also posted the second and third-highest season totals in Tech history with 48 steals in 2004 and 41 in 2002. The second baseman finished his career eighth on Tech's all-time list for runs scored (205) and triples (12), and hit .316 for his career.
Patterson, who completed his degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing in December 2016, was selected in the eighth round of the 2004 Major League First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs and played at the MLB level for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres between 2007-11.
|THE ERIC PATTERSON FILE|
|Born||April 8, 1983|
|Family||brother: Corey Patterson (MLB - 2000-11)|
|Education||Georgia Tech, 2016 (B.S. in business administration)|
|2001||Drafted in the 23rd round by the Colorado Rockies|
|2002-04||Georgia Tech (three-time all-ACC; two-time all-American)|
|2004||Drafted in the eighth round by the Chicago Cubs|
|2005-08||Chicago Cubs organization|
|2008-10||Oakland Athletics / Oakland Athletics organization|
|2010||Boston Red Sox|
|2010-11||Boston Red Sox organization|
|2011||San Diego Padres / San Diego Padres organization|
|2012||Detroit Tigers organization|
|2013||Milwaukee Brewers organization|
|2013-15||York Revolution (Independent League)|
|2017-present||Georgia Tech||Volunteer Assistant Coach|