Athletics Hall of Fame

Lee Patten

SPORT(S) Football/Baseball/Basketball/Track
A four-sport student-athlete at Bemidji State, Lee Patten, a native of Redwood Falls, Minn., earned seven varsity letters for the Beavers from 1969-73.  

Primarily a football player, Patten was a four-year letter winner on the gridiron.  He was named First-Team All-Northern Intercollegiate Conference and First-Team All-NAIA District 13 in both 1971 and 1972.  As a senior, he earned team Offensive Player of the Year and team MVP honors, as well as being named the first annual Dave Vilhauer Award winner as the team’s MVP at the Homecoming game.  He led the NIC in kick returns and total yards as a junior and in kick returns yardage as a senior averaging 26.4 yards per attempt. He also paced the team in rushing yards as a senior.

In 1974 Patten signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.  

Patten also played third base, shortstop and pitcher for the Beavers’ baseball team in 1971 and 1972, leading the conference in steals in 1971, the team in steals in 1972 and earning all-conference accolades at the conclusion of each season.  
He was a long jumper on the BSC track and field team in 1970 and led all freshmen in scoring during the 1969-70 basketball season and earned a letter his sophomore year.  

Since graduating from Bemidji State with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health with an emphasis in coaching, Patten has coached high school football, track and field, baseball, basketball, softball and gymnastics. He is still an active fast-pitch softball player and he and his wife Julie live in Bemidji Minn. where they are caretakers at the Neilson Spearhead Center.  Patten also is involved in Preferred Loyalty Solutions, the company that markets the Beaver Pride Card.  

He and his wife have one son, Grant.