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McClelland makes major impact

September 4, 2013

 

KALEB CAUSEY
Sports Editor

Athletics Director Tommy McClelland poses at a press conference announcing his hire. – Photo courtesy of Media Relations

Athletics Director Tommy McClelland poses at a press conference announcing his hire. – Photo courtesy of Media Relations

 

As a young boy in the schoolyard in Basile, Tommy McClelland II found his passion for sports and did not lose it.

 

At the age of 31, McClelland was named the athletics director for Louisiana Tech University on July 16 and is the youngest athletics director among all Football Bowl Subdivision athletic programs.

 

“I’ve been blessed,” he said. “I firmly believe that God has got a plan for my life.”

 

McClelland was a two-sport athlete in his time at Northwestern State University, playing football and competing in the javelin for the Demons’ track and field

team.

 

Through this experience, he found his love for athletic administration and knew what he wanted to do with his life.

 

“That was the first time I had a chance to look into the window of what it was like to be an athletic administrator,” he said.

 

He moved on to become assistant athletics director of internal affairs at McNeese State University and was later promoted to athletics director at the university.

 

McClelland served as AD for McNeese for six years and accomplished several goals in his time at McNeese.

 

He raised over $3 million in private donations, increased corporate sponsorships, saw dramatic increases in game attendance and oversaw $11 million dollars worth of facility renovations and additions, including a new end zone facility.

 

Tech President Les Guice spoke highly of McClelland and his accomplishments at the press conference July 16.

 

“Tommy McClelland has demonstrated strong leadership

skills and success in his early years as an athletics director,” Guice said. “He has an extraordinary blend of intellect, character, talent and drive that makes him one of the top young athletics directors in the nation.

 

He articulated a vision for Tech athletics that is consistent with mine and compatible with my vision for our entire university.”

 

McClelland said he views this opportunity as a blank canvas.

 

“Louisiana Tech has to recognize who it is,” he said. “More importantly, it has to recognize who it can become. The great vision is to be the premier university of north Louisiana and one of two premier universities in this state.”

 

McClelland said he has one main focus in his role as athletics director.

 

“Everything that we do in this department will be centered and focused on the student athlete, male or female,” he said.

 

“It is our job as athletic administrators to provide them with the best possible opportunities.”

 

He said he is excited for this opportunity and looks forward to getting to know students, athletes, fans and everyone else associated with Louisiana Tech.

 

“This is an opportunity that I am tremendously excited about,” he said. “Every morning when I wake up, I’m going to be proud to put on the Louisiana Tech logo.”

 

Email comments to ktc013@latech.edu.

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