CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina football program has named 16-year-old player personnel veteran Patrick Suddes its assistant AD/general manager, head coach McBrown announced Wednesday. Suddes, who comes to Chapel Hill after three years at Georgia Tech, reunites with Brown, having spent the 2013 season as Texas’ director of player personnel. In this role with Carolina Football, he will oversee recruiting assessments and operations, campus recruiting, all other recruiting and personnel activities, and camps.
“We are thrilled to have Patrick join our team and lead our recruiting and personnel services,” said Brown. “He is widely regarded as one of the best in the business and has served at a high level in various Power 5 programs during his career. Having worked with him before, I know what kind of work ethic, understanding and organizational skills He brings to the table. He was someone we targeted when we first returned to Chapel Hill and we are delighted that he has reunited this time. Patrick is an exceptional addition to what is already one of the best recruiters in the country.
While at Georgia Tech, Suddes oversaw the efforts that led to back-to-back nationally acclaimed recruiting classes. Tech’s class of 2020 was ranked No. 24 nationally by Rivals, marking only the second time in school history and the first time in 13 years that Tech has landed one of the 25 best recruiting classes. The Yellow Jackets’ 2021 class was also a top-20 class, including ranking 11 highly ranked transfers. In total, Georgia Tech added 18 four- or five-star recruits and 13 of the 45 highest-ranked recruits in program history while Suddes served as general manager.
“I want to thank Coach Brown for extending this opportunity,” Suddes said. “I have always admired Coach Brown and his way of recruiting and developing rosters. We are very comfortable with our approach and we know what everyone is looking for when it comes to this role. Having been in the league , I “I’ve seen what North Carolina has been able to do over the past three seasons, and I’m excited to take that to another level. This is an impressive staff for a growing program, and the future is very bright. My family and I are excited to come to Chapel Hill and we are excited to get to work.”
Suddes, who worked exclusively with Power Five conference programs and NFL organizations during his 16-year career, came to Georgia Tech after three seasons at Auburn (2016-18), first as a director of player personnel for the Tigers, then as assistant AD for football. In his role at Auburn, he oversaw player personnel and worked directly with head coach Gus Malzahn on roster management.
Prior to his three-year stint at Auburn, Suddes spent two seasons as an assistant AD for recruiting at Arizona State, one season as director of player personnel at Texas (2013) and six seasons as a associate director of football operations at Alabama (2007-13).
Before coming to Alabama, Suddes worked under Nick Saban with the Miami Dolphins, first as a defensive assistant (2005) and then as an offensive assistant (2006). His career began under Saban as a recruiting intern at LSU in 2004.
Suddes graduated from Marist HS in Atlanta, before attending Alabama, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2005. He and his wife, Rachel, have a son, Lawson, and a daughter, Lucy.