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Patrick Covington enters his third year as an assistant coach with the Coastal Carolina University football program, coaching the offensive line.
He made an immediate impact in his first year, while inheriting a veteran group, that same group had allowed 25 sacks in the previous two seasons. In Covington's first year, the unit only allowed seven and did not allow more than once sack in any contest. The Chants led the Big South and ranked third in the NCAA with its average of 0.58 sacks allowed per game. The unit also helped Eric O'Neal lead the Big South and set a CCU record with 179 rushing attempts and Zach MacDowall rank among the NCAA top 40 in seven statistical categories.
For their efforts, Seth Smalls and Jamey Cheatwood were singled out as second team All-Big South selections.
In 2011, Coastal Carolina once again led the Big South, while ranking 13th nationally, allowing 13 total sacks (1.0 per contest). His offensive line helped Aramis Hillary lead the Big South, rank 10th in the NCAA and set a CCU single-season record in pass completion percentage (65.5). Hillary was also 19th nationally in pass efficiency (146.51) while the Chants finished 22nd in the stat as a team (144.11). At season's end, Cheatwood would make his second straight All-Big South second team, while Tim Franklin was also tabbed second all-conference.
Covington spent the previous three years at the Air Force Academy, working with the Falcon offense. Most recently, he helped the Falcons to an 8-5 record and a victory over Houston in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Covington worked closely with the offensive line for three years, which was one of the best in the league and finishing second nationally in rushing with an average of 299.5 yards per game in 2007. Air Force's rushing average was its best since winning its only national rushing title in 2002 with a 307.8 per-game average. The Falcons won their 26th conference rushing title last year and third straight with Covington's assistance.
Covington is familiar with Coastal Carolina, as he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the 2006 season. At Coastal Carolina, Covington was part of a coaching staff that led the Chanticleers to the Big South Conference championship with a 9-3 record.
Covington is a 2006 graduate of Furman University. He was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner for the Paladins from 2002-05. A two-time All-Southern Conference selection, he was rated as the No. 6 guard in NCAA I-AA football by The Sports Network. He was a Sports Network first team All-American and an Associated Press second team All-America in 2005. That same season, the Furman offense averaged a school-record 469.9 yards of total offense per game. The Paladins ranked third in the nation in rushing and reached the semifinals of the 2005 NCAA I-AA Playoffs. Covington was also a team captain his senior year and was a 2006 National Strength and Conditioning All-American.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Covington attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte where he was a three-year starter and served as a team captain.
Covington is married to the former Ann Louise Duncan.