Steve Patterson is returning to the Valley as the president and CEO of the Arizona Coyotes.
Patterson confirmed the news to Team 12's Bruce Cooper Wednesday before the team tweeted an announcement welcoming the former Arizona State University athletic director.
"I'm extremely honored to join the Arizona Coyotes organization," Patterson said in a release. "My wife and I loved living in the Valley of the Sun and we are so excited to return to Arizona."
Patterson served as ASU's athletic director for just over two years. He left to become the athletic director for the University of Texas but was relieved of those duties in 2015.
The move comes after Arizona Coyotes majority owner Andrew Barroway bought out the team's former chief executive officer, Anthony LeBlanc, and chief operating officer, Gary Drummond, to become the team's sole owner.
Professionally, Patterson has served as general manager for the Houston Rockets, president of the Portland Trail Blazers as well as senior vice president and chief development officer of the Houston Texans.
"We are very pleased to name Steve as our new President and CEO," Barroway said in a release from the team. "Steve has a wealth of experience and has served as an innovative and successful executive in the NFL, NBA, professional hockey, professional baseball and college athletics for over 30 years."
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