Patrick Ebel - formerly of Division III powerhouse, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh - was hired to lead the Nittany Lion throws contingent in August of 2012. Ebel enjoyed an outstanding coaching stint at UW-Oshkosh, coaching nearly 150 NCAA Division III All-Americans in the throws, as well as 34 NCAA Champions.
"I am so excited to add Coach Patrick Ebel to our staff," said Alford-Sullivan. "He is a veteran coach that has had proven results with amazing success at UW-Oshkosh. His experiences from being a head coach, have prepared him for our program perfectly as he knows how to be a great recruiter, coach, teacher, team player and overall leader. I admire and respect all that he has accomplished and I am thrilled he will be continuing to lead our great tradition of success in our throws corps here at PSU."
Since arriving at UW-Oshkosh in 2001, Ebel has maintained one of the most prolific throws contingents in the NCAA, as his event area has been ranked number one in Division III since his arrival. Statistically speaking, 24 of his Titan throwers are also ranked on the all-time NCAA Top 10 lists. All told, Ebel's athletes have set UW-Oshkosh records on 43 occasions.
"I'm truly honored and humbled for the opportunity to coach the throwers at Penn State University," said Ebel. "There are very few Division I jobs for which I would have considered leaving UW Oshkosh. Penn State, with a great combination of strong academics, successful athletics and the best conference in the nation made this a great fit for me. I can't wait to be part of the Penn State Track and Field Family!"
Ebel also left a mark on the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), having coaching a grand total of 66 conference championships, and 14 WIAC record holders.
The new Nittany Lion assistant's resume is also covered in coaching awards, as Ebel was named USTFCCCA Division III Indoor Coach of the Year in 2011. The WIAC Coach of the Year on three occasions, Ebel was voted USTFCCCA Midwest Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, while also earning the National Throws Coaches Association Coach of the Year award in 2009.
Outside of their athletic success, Ebel's athletes have also been outstanding in the classroom, as his women's squad earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in 2011, with 10 athletes gaining academic honors individually during the same year. As a head coach, Ebel also led the Titan women's squad to USTFCCCA Division III Deb Vercauteren Women's Cross Country/Track and Field Program of the Year Award for 2009-2010.
After joining the men's and women's program as an assistant coach, Ebel was elevated to Head Women's Track and Field Coach in 2009, while remaining as an assistant coach on the men's side. Prior to his time at Oshkosh, he got his start in collegiate coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1999.
Ebel graduated from UW-La Crosse in 1992, where he was a member of the football and track and field teams. Ebel and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Lauren and Erik.