|Title:||Assistant AD/External Relations|
Patricia Hughes was named the University of Montevallo Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations on Nov. 19, 2012.
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 spent 12 years as the Falcons’ head women’s soccer coach at Montevallo.
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 Herlihy in all facets of administration and governance of the 12-sport Montevallo athletic programs with an emphasis on community relations. Under Hughes’ guidance, the Montevallo athletic department won the Peach Belt Conference Community Connection Award during the 2009-2010 season and the 2011-2012 season.
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.
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, 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 team to its first ever conference championship back in 2007 when the Falcons captured the Gulf South Conference crown.
In her 11 seasons at Montevallo, Hughes developed 15 GSC First Team members, 12 GSC Second Team members, eight NSCAA All South Region Team members, 13 GSC All-Academic team members, 11 PBC-All Academic team members, three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, six Peach Belt Conference Second Team athletes and an 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 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 twenty 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. She received her master's degree in education from UM in the spring of 2001.
In her first stint at Montevallo as an assistant coach, the 1995 team finished 3-14-1. In her first season as head coach, the team posted a nine-win season and qualified for their fifth GSC Women's Soccer Tournament over a six-year span.
In addition to her UM administrative assignments, Hughes has served as a member of the NCAA Division II National Soccer Committee and chair of the NCAA South Region Soccer Committee.
Hughes resides in Pelham.