Patrick Covington enters his third year with the Falcon football coaching staff. Covington is an assistant coach working with the Falcon offense.
In 2007, Covington worked closely with the offensive line, which was one of the best in the league. Air Force won its 24th conference rushing title in 2007, while finishing second nationally in rushing with an average of 299.5 yards per game. 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 25th conference rushing title last year with a 266.9 per-game average and finished sixth nationally.
Covington came to the Academy from Coastal Carolina University, where 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-American 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. Covington is a native of Charlotte, N.C. He attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte where he was a three-year starter and served as a team captain.
Covington and his wife, the former Ann Louise Duncan, were married in May 2008.