Patrick McCarthy has turned the baseball program in to one of the nation's elite. He's taken the Eagles the the NAIA national tournament twice and led the team to its first-ever World Series apperance in 2011. Faulkner has posted a record of 87-36 under his leadership.
Before coming to Faulkner he was the head coach at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. McCarthy had five winning seasons as head coach and compiled an overall record of 158-108 (.594) and was 58-47 in the TranSouth Conference.
He was an assistant coach at Freed-Hardeman from 2001-2004 before being promoted to the head coaching position in 2005. His influence at the helm helped turn the baseball program around. The Lions finished last in the TranSouth conference for five consecutive seasons beginning in 2000. But by 2007, the team was listed in the NAIA rankings for the first time in more than 10 years and McCarthy and his staff had catapulted the team to a third-place finish in one of the nation's toughest conferences.
McCarthy's Lions continued to be a force in the TranSouth Conference and found themselves listed among the nation's best teams several times in subsequent seasons.
McCarthy is also an accomplished recruiter. He signed pitcher Josh Hester to the Lions' ball club. Hester went on to set numerous school records and was selected in the 17th round of the 2008 Major League draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Hester played with the Batavia Muckdogs in New York.
In addition to running a varsity baseball program, McCarthy had the opportunity to help implement a junior varsity team at Freed-Hardeman in 2009. The new team was designed to offer more student-athletes the opportunity to be involved in collegiate sports and to provide athletes the potential to transition to the varsity roster.
McCarthy played two seasons at North Florida Community College before attending Freed-Hardeman. He was a catcher for the Lions from 1998-1999. In 1998 he handled a pitching staff that set the school strikeout record with 301 and helped guide his team to 37 wins.
McCarthy received his bachelor's degree in history from Freed-Hardeman in 1999 and completed his master's degree in social science at Mississippi College in 2002.
McCarthy and his wife, Katie Beth, have three sons – Miller, age 9 Andre, age 8 and Keenan 3 months.