A graduate of Coker College in 1993, Patricia "Trish" Hughes was a two-time NAIA All-American, an NSCAA/adidas All-American and named to the All-District team four times. The all-time scoring leader, male or female in Coker College soccer history, she was also named First Team NSCAA All-East three times, the team's leading scorer and team captain four years and team MVP and best offensive player twice. In the spring of 2001, Hughes became the first women's soccer player to be inducted into the Coker College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hughes also played internationally, making twenty appearances for the Republic of Ireland National Team from 1985-90, and also played with the Alabama Angels, a women's semi-professional league from 1995-98.
Currently, Hughes begins her 12th year as head coach at Uuniversity of Montevallo. The 2007 NSCAA/adidas South Region Coach of the Year has coached her team to postseason appearances four of the last five seasons. She enters 2012 with an overall record of 101-104-16 (.493).
Hughes, the second coach in the 17-year history of the Montevallo women's soccer program, took over the program in the fall of 2001. She led the team to its first ever conference championship back in 2007 when the Falcons captured the Gulf South Conference crown. In her 11 seasons at UM, Hughes has developed 15 GSC First Team members, 12 GSC Second Team members, eight NSCAA All South Region Team members, 13 GSC All-Academic team members, 11 PBC-All Academic team members, three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, six Peach Belt Conference Second Team athletes and an All-Southeast Region Third Team member.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Hughes was a member of the coaching staff on the first University of Montevallo women's soccer team in 1995. She was formerly head coach at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. for the 1999 season before returning to UM as an assistant coach in the fall of 2000. Hughes was also an assistant and interim head coach at Auburn University from 1997-1999.