Dr. Patrick McConnell is an associate professor of sport communication and serves as a coordinator for the new sport communication sequence in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University. He teaches courses in sports and communication, sports broadcasting, communication law and ethics, and human communication.
McConnell is an award-winning sports announcer, broadcast journalist, and sports public relations professional with 20 years of experience. He has served as a play-by-play announcer for more than 2,000 games of professional, college, and high school sports. As a reporter, he covered professional baseball, the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, and college sports. He also worked as a communication director for a number of professional baseball organizations, including the Charlotte Knights. He received the Broadcaster of the Year Award from the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs in 1991.
McConnell joined HPU in 2015 after six years as an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts at Barton College. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor at Lenior-Rhyne University. He has also taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Georgia, the University of Utah, Queens University of Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, and the University of Limoges, France.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Humboldt State University, a master’s degree in liberal studies from UNC-Charlotte, and a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Georgia.