Patrick Ebel is entering his second season as assistant track and field coach for the Tigers coaching Auburn’s throwers.
In his first season on the Plains, Ebel oversaw Jasmine Manigault, who earned First Team All-American honors in the weight throw, becoming Auburn’s first All-American in the event since 2011. Manigault smashed the school record in the weight throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a throw of 70-9/21.58m. She recorded five of the top-10 marks in school history in the weight throw, including the top three marks.
2017 also saw Kylee Carter break her own school record in the javelin throw with a throw of 175-1/53.37m, which finished as the tenth-best throw in the nation. Manigault and Brianna Heilsnis combined for four of the top-10 marks in the hammer throw in school history.
Ebel came to Auburn with 18 years of prior collegiate experience and most recently with Penn State from 2013-16. At Penn State, Ebel coached 18 All-America selections, including 2016 United States Olympian and 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year Darrell Hill.
In 2015, Ebel guided athletes to one Penn State record, two- Mid-Atlantic Field Athlete of the Year honors and six All-American finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Ebel led Darrell Hill to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Athlete of the Year honors. With that finish, Hill also became the fourth athlete in Penn State history to finish fourth or higher at the NCAA Indoor Championship in men’s shot put. Hill would complete the sweep of Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Athlete of the Year in the outdoor season and finish second at the NCAA Outdoors with a distance of 68-2.25/20.78m.
The 2013-14 year featured four All-America finishes, including two First Team All-America performances and three Big Ten Champions. Will Barr finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships and went on the earn All-America honors with an eight place at NCAA Outdoors in the weight throw (69-9).
During the 2014 outdoor season, Ebel led Michael Shuey and Laura Loht to record breaking seasons in the javelin. At the NACAC Championships, Shuey threw a 249-5 for a Penn State record in the javelin. He was followed by Loht, who threw a 178-6 for a fifth place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In 2013, Ebel wasted no time in making a mark in the Penn State record books, leading then-junior Will Barr to a record-setting indoor season in the 35-lb weight throw. Barr set the Penn State standard in event on a total of five occasions, ending the season with a lifetime-best toss of 69-11.75 (21.33) at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Barr's PR effort was good for sixth place at the NCAA meet, where he became the Nittany Lions' first All-America finisher in the event since 1998.
Ebel guided the Nittany Lions to continued success outdoors, led by a four-five finish by javelin duo Laura Loht and Lauren Kenney at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Under Ebel's watch, Kenney and Loht dominated the javelin throughout the outdoor season including a Big Ten victory from Kenney and a Penn Relays title by Loht.
Prior to Penn State, Ebel spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh. During his time at UW-Oshkosh, Ebel developed 53 All-America selections and guided athletes to 36 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. In 2011, Ebel was named National Indoor Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.