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Former Coastal Carolina assistant Patrick Blake joins EKU men’s basketball coaching staff

Patrick Blake has joined the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach A.W. Hamilton announced on Wednesday.

Blake comes to EKU following four successful seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University. He helped the Chanticleers transition into the Sun Belt Conference with back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

“It’s with great excitement we welcome Pat Blake into our basketball family at EKU,” Hamilton said. “I’ve admired Pat for a long time. He was one of the best junior college head coaches in the country during his time at Chipola. As an assistant at Coastal Carolina, he recruited several of my players at Hargrave that were a cut above the league they were in.

Patrick Blake

“I was also blown away by his professionalism and work ethic during each recruiting process. He gives us another tremendous coach that is well-rounded in all the areas that impact winning.”

In his first season with the program (2015-16), Blake helped guide Coastal Carolina to a 21-12 record and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. On March 15, 2016, Coastal Carolina defeated Mercer, 65-57, for the Chanticleers’ first-ever national postseason victory. Coastal Carolina won two more games before falling to UC Irvine in the semifinals of the tournament.

In 2016-17 (Coastal Carolina’s first season in the Sun Belt), Blake and the Chanticleers went 20-19 and qualified for another postseason tournament, the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). CCU made an even deeper run in that tournament, winning four games and advancing all the way to the CBI Championship before falling in a three-game series to Wyoming. During the course of the season, the Chanticleers set program records for points scored (2,833), field goals made (1,021), 3-point field goals made (318), rebounds (1,574) and rebounding average (40.4).

Blake helped lead Coastal Carolina back to the 2019 CBI, where the Chanticleers stunned West Virginia, 109-91, in a second-round game in Morgantown. The 109 points were the most ever scored by a West Virginia opponent in WVU Coliseum.

Before arriving at Coastal, Blake was the head coach at Chipola College in the Florida panhandle from 2012 to 2015. In his time as head coach, he compiled an overall record of 62-30 and was named the 2013-14 Panhandle Conference and state coach of the year.

Blake graduated from the University of Louisville in June 2009 with a degree in business marketing. At Louisville, he was a student manager for head coach Rick Pitino for four years, serving as head manager the last two. He was with the team during the 2005 Final Four run and 2008 Elite Eight run.

Blake is a native of Evansville, Indiana.

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