Patrick Newton was promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications in August 2013. Newton spent much of the 2012-13 year as the Interim Sports Information Director and previously served two years on staff as a sports information assistant. A 2006 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Newton's duties will include serving as the primary contact for the men’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf teams.
Newton joined the Department of Athletics at the start of the 2010-11 season and spent his first two years with the Sports Information Department as a full-time intern. In that role, Newton handled all media relations duties for the soccer, tennis, and swimming and diving programs, while also serving as the secondary contact for Trojan baseball.
In his first year at UALR, Newton assisted with media relations responsibilities as the men's basketball team advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. In his second year, Newton was a key member of the media relations staff as the Department of Athletics hosted two rounds of the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship at the Jack Stephens Center. In addition to his many duties at UALR, Newton served on the media relations staff at the 2011 and 2012 Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championships.
Newton came to UALR after spending the 2009-10 season as a Media Relations Intern at Cal State Northridge, where he assisted in the day-to-day operations of CSUN's media relations department, while also helping to maintain CSUN's athletics website. In addition to his experiences at CSUN, Newton worked as a videographer for Inspire Entertainment while living in California. Additionally, Newton spent three summers working for Exploration Summer Programs in Wellesley, Ma. After starting as the Boards Coordinator in his first two summers with the program, Newton served as Athletics Director in his third year.
He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in economics, and went on to earn a master's degree in sports administration from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009. He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the United States Basketball Writers of America (USBWA).