Patrick McKearney was hired as the Athletic Communications Intern in August of 2018.
McKearney returns to work under Craig Kaufman as the two met at Mount Ida College, where he received his Bachelors in Sport Management in May of 2018 while Kaufman was serving as the Sports Information Director at the time. The native of Avon, Connecticut worked for three years under Kaufman as a student-worker and intern in the Athletic Department. McKearney is currently completing his Masters of Physical Education in Athletic Administration at Springfield College.
Prior to college, McKearney had a successful four-year basketball career at Avon High School as he garnered Second Team All-State recognition and was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the NCCC Tournament while helping lead the Falcons to effective post-season runs.
McKearney also saw a decorated two-year playing career with Mount Ida College as a member of the men’s basketball team. During his sophomore campaign, he led the Mustangs in three major categories and finished second in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) for field goal percentage at 58.6 percent. Even after missing nine games due to injury, McKearney also finished third in the conference for blocked shots per game (1.1) and eighth in rebounds per game (6.9). The Mustang finished his two-season career with 411 points, 252 rebounds, and 46 blocks.
After leaving basketball at the conclusion of his sophomore year, McKearney dedicated his time to Sports Information while also becoming involved in student affairs. He served as the Athletic Chair for Associated Student Government (ASG), becoming the liaison between the Athletic Department and the campus’ student governing body. Most importantly, McKearney graduated as the President of the Senior Class and played an integral role in the concluding months of Mount Ida College after the announcement of the schools acquisition by UMass.
For his dedication to the student body and upholding the core values of Mustang City during his undergrad, McKearney received the Alumni Award, Legacy Award, and Mighty Creed Principled Award.