Patricia Hughes is entering her third year as the University of Montevallo Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations.
As Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations, Hughes manages and coordinates the external relations for the athletic department, including community engagement, game environment, sponsorships, fund raising, tickets and special events.
Hughes, who served as the school’s Senior Woman Administrator in 2004, also served as Interim Director of Athletics in 2007 and Assistant Athletic Director assisting the athletic director in all facets of administration and governance of the 12-sport Montevallo athletic programs with an emphasis on community relations. Hughes moved into an administrative role after serving 12 seasons as head women’s soccer coach at Montevallo.
Under Hughes’ guidance as an administrator, Montevallo has embraced the NCAA Division II philosophy of community engagement and has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the campus and surrounding communities. In the fall of 2013, Montevallo was selected as the Peach Belt Conference winner and a national finalist for the NCAA DII Award of Excellence, which recognizes a commitment to growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and development of positive societal attitudes in service to the community.
Montevallo was also honored by the Peach Belt Conference in 2009-10 and 2011-12 for its community engagement initiatives with Hughes overseeing the athletic department’s outreach efforts.
Hughes has also been heavily involved with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the National Association of Collegiate Woman Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) during her time as an administrator at Montevallo.
Hughes is a current member of the NACWAA Professional Development and Education Committee.
As an administrator, Hughes has also served as a member of the NCAA Division II National Soccer Committee and chair of the NCAA South Region Soccer Committee.
Hughes, the second coach in the history of the Montevallo women's soccer program, took over the program in the fall of 2001. She led the program to its first ever conference championship in 2007 when the Falcons captured the Gulf South Conference crown. Hughes guided the Falcons to the Gulf South Conference women’s soccer tournament five times in a six-year span during her tenure as head coach.
In her 11 seasons at Montevallo, Hughes developed 15 All-Gulf South Conference first team members, 12 All-Gulf South Conference second team members, eight National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Region team members, 13 Gulf South Conference All-Academic team members, 11 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic team members, three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, six Peach Belt Conference second team athletes and an NSCAA All-Southeast Region third team member.
A graduate of Coker College in 1993, Hughes was a two-time NAIA All-American, an NSCAA/adidas All-American and named to the All-District team four times. The all-time scoring leader, male or female, in Coker College soccer history, she was also named first team NSCAA All-East Region three times, the team's leading scorer and team captain four years and team MVP and best offensive player twice. In the spring of 2001, Hughes became the first women's soccer player to be inducted into the Coker College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hughes also played internationally, making 20 appearances for the Republic of Ireland National Team from 1985-90, and also played with the Alabama Angels, a women's semi-professional league from 1995-98.
Locally, Hughes was also an Alabama State Coach for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 1995-99.
Hughes, a 1993 graduate of Coker College, received her master's degree in education from the University of Montevallo in the spring of 2001.
Hughes resides in Pelham.