Patrick Hickman
Director of Recruiting
(801) 422-2917
SAB 220


  • Lead BYU football’s efforts to identify, evaluate and recruit prospective high-level student-athletes who will build a team culture of love and learning while continuing the program’s proud tradition of success on and off the field.

Professional Experience

  • BYU Director of Recruiting (2022-present)
  • Virginia Director of Scouting (2018-2021)
  • Virginia Director of Player Development (2016-2017)
  • BYU Director of Football Operations, Director of Player Development and High School Relations Coordinator (2006-2015)
  • Boise State game management, facility management and operations (2002-2005)


  • B.S. in health promotion from Boise State (2001)
  • Master's in athletic administration from Idaho State (2005)


  • Married to Celeste Fruean
  • Has two children

Patrick Hickman serves as the director of recruiting for BYU football, joining Kalani Sitake's football support staff in June of 2022. 

He returned to BYU, where he had previously worked under former head coach Bronco Mendenhall, with 20 years of experience working on college football staffs at three different schools. Hickman working the prior six seasons at the University of Virginia with Mendenhall, where served as UVA football’s director of scouting from 2018-21 and the Cavaliers’ director of player development from 2016-2017.  

He went to UVA with Mendenhall after working 10 years on his Cougar football staff. During his first stint in Provo beginning in 2006, Hickman contributed to the success of BYU’s program under Mendenhall as the director of football operations, director of player development and high school relations coordinator.

Hickman first came to BYU after working four seasons at Boise State, where his responsibilities with the Bronco Athletic Department included game management, facility management and operations.

Hickman graduated from Boise State with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion in 2001 and earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from Idaho State in 2005. He and his wife, Celeste, have two children.

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