Newberry Names Ralph Patterson Director of Athletics
NEWBERRY (Newberry SID) – Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens has named Ralph Patterson the school’s Director of Athletics, removing the interim tag after Patterson’s successful four-month stint leading the Athletic Department this fall.
“Ralph brings us a breadth of intercollegiate athletic and institutional advancement experience, but more important he has a good feel for the challenges facing our coaches and our student athletes in a small college environment,” Scherrens said. “Ralph is committed to leading a program of integrity and excellence. I am excited to have him on the Newberry College team.”
“I appreciate the opportunity that Dr. Scherrens has given me. It is a real privilege and such an honor to be named to this position,” said Patterson. “This is exactly where I want to be and exactly the job I want to be doing. We’ve got terrific coaches and a dedicated staff here at Newberry. I look forward to seeing our talented student-athletes continue to succeed in the classroom and excel in competition.”
Patterson brings a wide of experience in athletics and higher education administration to his new role at Newberry. A former men’s basketball coach, Patterson made assistant coaching stops at Colorado and Appalachian State before spending seven years leading the Erskine program. He came to Newberry in August from Lander University in Greenwood, where he spent nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation.
The Boulder, Colorado native also served as the Vice President for Advancement at Erskine, giving him 14 years of experience as a higher education fundraiser following 18 years in coaching roles.
Patterson also has sports radio and television broadcasting experience. He hosted a sports radio show in Clemson from 1999-2003, and from 2003-2009 served as a co-host for the Clemson football radio network on the Tiger Tailgate Show and the 5th Quarter Show. He has continued to be a college basketball color analyst, and has done telecasts on Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN Regional, ESPN3, MASN, the ACC Network, and American Sports Network.
Patterson currently serves as a board member of the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Anderson Counties), and is also on the Greenwood Rotary Club Board of Directors.