Yeldell Wins Fourth Career "SAC Player of the Week" Award Honors
Posted: October 18, 2016 7:58 AM
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For the third time this season and fourth in his career, Raleigh Yeldell has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Yeldell led Newberry to its sixth consecutive win and a 4-0 mark in the SAC with a 313-yard, four-touchdown performance against Carson-Newman before a near-record crowd of 4,988 fans at Setzler Field on Saturday afternoon. He completed 71.1 percent of his passes (27-for-38), and each touchdown pass went to a different receiver. Eight different players tallied at least one reception.
The senior continued his assault on the Newberry record books with his ninth career game of at least 250 passing yards. He became the seventh player in school history to throw for at least 2,000 yards in a season and moved from 10th to fifth in single-season passing yardage.
Including his 23 rushing yards in the contest, he moved into third-place all-time in total offense with 6,037 yards in his career. His 2,469 yards of offense in 2016 place him 745 shy of breaking Josh Stepp’s single-season record that has stood since 2004.
Behind Yeldell’s leadership, the Wolves’ offense has outgained their opponents in both total yards and passing yardage in every game this season. Newberry will attempt to win its seventh consecutive game on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff at Brevard.
Patterson Named Interim AD At Newberry College
Posted: August 4, 2016 10:59 AM
Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens has announced Ralph Patterson has accepted the position of Interim Director of Athletics. Patterson replaces Matthew Finley, who resigned to accept a position in athletic administration at Anderson University.
Scherrens will conduct a national search for a director of athletics in a permanent capacity, and expects Patterson to serve in the interim capacity for 60 to 90 days.
"We feel very fortunate Ralph was available to serve as our Interim AD," Scherrens said. "Our coaching staff has expressed their support of his appointment and I am confident he will provide us strong leadership. He has already shown a high level of interest and energy and I believe from a team chemistry perspective he is a good fit."
“It is a real privilege to be at Newberry College to serve in this role for Dr. Scherrens,” Patterson said. “I will follow his lead as we unite the Newberry Wolves department of athletics with our student body, faculty, alumni and friends. We have terrific coaches and a dedicated support staff. I look forward to seeing our talented student-athletes succeed in the classroom and excel in competition.”
Patterson comes to Newberry after serving nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation at Lander University in Greenwood. He was also Vice President for Advancement at Erskine College from 2007-09.
Prior to his work as a higher education fundraiser, Patterson was a college basketball coach for 18 years. He was an assistant coach at Colorado for five years and at Appalachian State for six years. He was the head basketball coach at Erskine College for seven years. The Boulder, Colo., native coached at Fairview HS in Boulder prior to joining the college ranks. He graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Organizational Management.
Patterson also has sports radio and television broadcasting experience. He hosted a sports radio show in Clemson from 1999-2003, and from 2003-2009 served as a co-host for the Clemson football radio network on the Tiger Tailgate Show and the 5th Quarter Show. He has continued to be a college basketball color analyst, and has done telecasts on Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN Regional, ESPN3 and MASN.
Patterson currently serves as a board member of the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Anderson Counties), and is also on the Greenwood Rotary Club Board of Directors.