Patterson Returns To Georgia With Fond Memories
Sept. 28, 2012
By Matthew Pearce, UGA Sports Communications
ATHENS, Ga. --- Around Georgia Soccer, the name Carrie Patterson is legendary.
The former Bulldog still sits on top of Georgia’s all-time career lists in games started (87), shots (231), goals (44) and points (111).
When Patterson returned to the UGA Soccer Stadium on Friday night, however, she wasn’t representing Georgia. Instead, Patterson came back to the University where she made her name as part of the Missouri Tigers’ program – where she now serves as director of operations for the soccer program.
Despite her new role, the Atlanta native said she still has a special place in her heart for the Bulldogs.
“It was definitely a weird feeling for me. I love Georgia I will always love Georgia,” Patterson said. “Obviously now I’m with Mizzou so I’m supporting the Mizzou team and doing everything I can for them.”
After enjoying a professional career that began with her being taken in the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer League Draft, Patterson went on to begin work at a marketing company. But away from the field, Patterson realized how important being around soccer was to her.
“I just kind of wanted to be around the game and the college coaching and just trying to see if it’s something I want to do and get a taste for it,” Patterson said. “I love soccer and I always have. I just want to see if college coaching is something that I want to do. The staff at Mizzou is great and I’m learning a lot from them.”
As well as serving at the director of operations, the former Bulldogs forward is currently in graduate school studying for a master’s degree in sports psychology.
While Missouri may seem an unusual place for the Georgia native and UGA graduate, Patterson’s path to the Tigers is a very personal one. Missouri associate head coach Todd Shulenberger coached a young Patterson at the TopHat Soccer Club in Atlanta where he then served as director of coaching.
Patterson was glowing in her praise of the Missouri team and staff for the work they have done with her and how much she has learned. After the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 on Friday night, Patterson spoke fondly about both soccer programs.
“It was great to be back. The Georgia players are awesome, they all said ‘hi.’ The coaches are great, so it was all good,” she said. “Being at Missouri has been a really good experience. I’m just learning a lot and I love being around the team.”