- Born: December 4, 1977
- Height: 6-0
- Weight: 170 lbs.
- Current Residence: Grand Prairie, TX
- High School: Lake Highlands
- College: Texas Christian University
- Coach: Monte Stratton
- Agent: Claude Bryan
- 100m: 9.89 (2009); 200m: 20.03 (2003)
Dallas native and former TCU standout Darvis “Doc” Patton has enjoyed a successful career as a sprinter since he began competing professionally in 2001. The three-time Olympian has represented the United States as a member of eight national teams and was a member of the 2003 and 2007 4×100 meter gold-medal winning World Championship teams. He was also a member of the 2004 and 2012 4×100-meter silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams. In 2012 he helped Team USA break a 20 year-old 4×100-meter relay record after running 37.38 in the heats at the London Games. His compatriots later bested that time and set another national record in the finals, running 37.04. As a collegiate athlete Doc garnered 12 All American certificates in just two years at Texas Christian University. He was also a member of the team that currently holds the collegiate record in the 4×200 meter relay.
Doc is a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and occasionally serves as a Point of Light guest speaker at BBBS recruitment functions. It is at these events where he emphasizes the importance of hard work, dedication, faith, accountability and perseverance – characteristics he learned from his mentor Buzz Andrews, and those he says, “define a champion.”
Patton’s emotionally inspiring relationship with his mentor is featured in the video kiosk library at the T. Boone Pickens Mentoring Hall of Fame in Irving, Texas.
In addition to his activities with BBBS, Darvis uses his platform as a professional athlete to encourage school-age children and aspiring athletes across the United States to believe in the fruit of hard work and discipline. He also encourages children to remain drug-free through the United States of America Track and Field program, Win with Integrity.
In 2012 Patton was elected to The USA Track & Field Board of Directors as the Athletes Advisory Committee representative. As a board member, Darvis ensures that athletes in all track and field disciplines have unified representation in the various aspects of USATF, including time schedules for meets, staff selections, drug testing and competition rules.
Doc, his wife Crystal, their daughter Dakota, and son Darvis live in Grand Prairie, Texas.