James E. "Gravy" Patterson, also known as Pat Patterson, (March 26, 1934 – October 11, 2007) was the most successful coach in the history of Louisiana college baseball. During his tenure as head coach from 1968 to 1990, the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs, in Ruston, compiled a 741-462-2 record. Patterson produced eighteen winning seasons in twenty-three years, and his teams won forty or more games in five of those years. He was Conference Coach of the Year seven times.
In retirement, he often returned as an interim coach. Seven of Patterson's players, including Mike Jeffcoat, Phil Hiatt, and David Segui, reached the majors. Patterson also coached high school baseball and college football. He should not be confused with the wrestler Pierre Clemont, who used the name "Pat Patterson" as his ring name.