Patrick Skeggs was raised in South Ozone Park, Queens where he attended Saint Anthony of Padua Grammar School before enrolling in Archbishop Molloy High School. After two years in Molloy, he transferred to Monsignor McClancy High School where he had to sit out a year of competition because of the transfer.
Only competing at McClancy for one year under the direction of current principal and Hall of Fame Track coach, Jim Carey, Patrick broke the high jump records (indoor 6’6″, outdoor 6’7″) and the high hurdles records (indoor 7.4 seconds, and outdoors 14.5 seconds) making him the C.H.S.A.A. City Champion. These records made Patrick an instrumental part of the McClancy track team that won the school’s first City Championship in Track. Patrick also came in second in the New York State High Jump Championships.
Patrick received a full scholarship to C.W. Post on Long Island. While attending Post, he broke the school record in the Pentathlon (3,623 points) and became the Metropolitan and C.T.C. Champion in both the Pentathlon and Decathlon. After graduating, Patrick married his wife, Eleanor and had two daughters. The Skeggs family now resides in Wantagh, Long Island.