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Andre Pattillo to retire after 40 years of service

Morehouse Athletic Director speaks on his life and career at the all male HBCU

Lericia Harris
May 23, 2019 - 12:28 pm

Director of Athletics at Morehouse – Andre Patillo – is stepping away from his position after nearly 40 years of service as a student and an administrator. He is set to retire at the end of June.

In his professional career, all but five were in the service of Morehouse:

  • 1979–1985: Assistant football coach
  • 1986–1996: Admissions counselor
  • 1996–2000: Director of admissions
  • 2000–present: Director of athletics

Patillo also coached the baseball team for two years and was named the 2005 SIAC Coach of the Year. While working at Morehouse, Patillo officiated in the NCAA for more than 25 years and officiated six Final Fours and eight SEC Championship games. The NCAA recognized him as top NCAA Basketball Official in the country in 1999 with the Naismith Award. Patillo joins Lericia Harris and Sam Crenshaw on HBCU PLAY to discuss his distinguished career, the legacy he is leaving behind, and life after retirement.

HBCU PLAY is a prime source for the latest information on historically black colleges and university athletics. The weekly program breaks down impact games throughout the various conferences, includes featuring stories, interviews, and recognizes student athletes for their work within the community.