As Patrick Henry College continues to grow, and its athletic program continues to expand, the College has hired its first full-time Athletic Director beginning fall of 2022. PHC continues to attract strong believers who are also scholar-athletes. Director Patrick will oversee the PHC Men's and Women's Basketball and the Men's and Women's Soccer programs in addition to any new intercollegiate sports added in the future.
Prior to joining the staff at PHC, Director Patrick served as the head men's soccer coach for West Virginia University Potomac State College.
Director Patrick has also served as an assistant soccer coach at both Richard Bland College (NJCAA DI) and Marywood University (NCAA DIII), bringing years of college-level coaching experience. Additionally, Patrick has experience with Youth Soccer's Olympic Development Program in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Patrick graduated from Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Scranton, PA in 2012 with a BA in Health and Physical Education which led to international experience as a physical education teacher in Puebla, Mexico; Shenzen, China; and Paramaribo, Suriname, where he also held the position of Athletic Director.
Patrick has earned various national coaching licenses through both the United States Soccer Federation and the United Soccer Coaches.
Director Patrick looks forward to expanding and developing the Patrick Henry College athletic program; providing excellent recruiting, strong mentorship, player development, and personal spiritual formation.
The Patrick Henry College women’s soccer team, the Sentinels, compete against a diverse group of colleges along the east coast. Players on the team come with a variety of skills and experience levels from all across the country. The women’s team provides the opportunity to play soccer at the inter-collegiate level while participating in a rigorous education. The team plays 8-12 games a season and welcomes new players to try out every year.
Founded in 2001, the soccer program at Patrick Henry College fills a crucial place in student life at PHC. For some, playing soccer provides a necessary athletic outlet amid the rigors of academics. For others, no semester is complete without cheering for our Sentinels in blue on the soccer field. Ben Purnell is the men's soccer coach.
The PHC Lady Sentinels are back on the court! The games will be made available to watch on our basketball Facebook page. Click the "View Live" button below!
Rick Weitz: Coach
Coach Weitz is the Head Coach of the PHC Women’s Sentinels basketball team and is excited to continue growing the program. He has a long history of participating in athletics both as a player and a coach. He was a Division 1 swimmer at the College of William and Mary, and has experience coaching basketball, swimming and soccer. Prior to being hired as the women's coach in 2019, he served in various capacities with the Loudoun Patriots homeschool basketball program. He is the father of six kids, four of whom have attended PHC, including two sons who played basketball for the men's team. His wife Kathy is an adjunct professor of rhetoric at PHC. He lives in Round Hill, VA, and is a partner in an investment firm.
Jae Jared: Assistant Coach
Jae, is a 2020 graduate of PHC in Strategic Intelligence and was instrumental in helping get the women's program started first as a club sport, and then as a full varsity program. Jae played high school basketball for Daniel One Academy in Tennessee. Jae was the key member of inaugural 2019-20 women's team and led the team to the 2020 NIT National Championship finals. Jae was recognized as a 2020 All-American and a 2020 Academic All-American player. Jae lives in Winchester, Virginia and works as an analyst for a defense company.
PHC hosts a number of intramural tournaments each year from basketball to tennis. Outside of organized tournaments, we are also equipped to offer the space and equipment for pickup games in sports such as racquetball, volleyball, and wallyball.