Jeremy McClain returns to the University after serving as the Director of Athletics at Troy University since August of 2015. He served as the Deputy Director of Athletics at Southern Miss for three years prior to his departure to Troy.
“My family and I are thrilled to be coming home to Southern Miss,” said McClain. “We all have great memories associated with Hattiesburg and the great people of the Pine Belt. I want to thank Dr. Bennett for the opportunity to lead the athletic department and in turn make a difference for this institution. I look forward to hitting the ground running soon and getting to work helping our student-athletes, coaches, and staff take this program to new heights.”
During his time at Troy, McClain hired Chip Lindsey earlier this year to run the school’s football program as well as named a new head men’s basketball coach Scott Cross.
Under McClain, the football program won 31 games, tied for the most wins over the last three seasons by Group of Five conference schools with Boise State and UCF. The Trojans won three-straight bowl games and a Sun Belt Conference title, while earning a national ranking and recording a historic victory at LSU in that time period. In addition, the football program enjoyed record attendance the last three seasons.
The men’s basketball team won the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Tournament and made its first appearance in March Madness since 2003, while the women’s basketball team captured 82 games over the last four seasons with a pair of Sun Belt Conference Tournament titles and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Troy finished in third place in the 2017-18 Bubas Cup standings, which is the Sun Belt Conference’s all sport trophy; the best finish in Troy’s 13-year history in the league.
As for facilities, the long-anticipated Troy Football North End Zone Facility broke ground in the fall of 2016 and opened in the summer of 2018. The $25 million facility is the state-of-the-art home to the football program with new coaches offices, locker room, weight room and team lounge. Additionally, the project added 400 luxury seats to Veterans Memorial Stadium and a new high-definition video board.
McClain dedicated his first year at Troy to improving the fan experience with the implementation of several new gameday initiatives, the unveiling of a new ticketing system and spearheading a redesign of the Athletics website, TroyTrojans.com.
At Southern Miss, McClain oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Athletics Department, and was responsible for revenue generation, which included licensing, corporate development, fundraising and ticket sales.
As the primary fundraiser for the Golden Eagles, McClain led a staff that set records in 2013 for the annual fund and the overall Southern Miss Athletic Foundation. He was also responsible for securing funding and supervising several major facility projects.
Prior to his time at Southern Miss, McClain served as Director of Athletics at Delta State University for five-plus years, beginning in 2007. While at Delta State, McClain developed a plan to increase student-athlete services.
McClain also increased donations to the school’s athletic department, securing funding for the first phase of DSU’s Athletic Master Plan.
Delta State’s on-field successes also increased under McClain. During his tenure, the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen claimed seven Gulf South Conference championships, five NCAA Regional crowns and 21 NCAA postseason appearances. In 2010, the football team appeared in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game and in 2012 the baseball team earned a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division II College World Series.
McClain earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Delta State in 1999, where he was a Division II All-American in baseball. He also earned his M.B.A. from Delta State in 2002. After graduation, he played five years of professional baseball.
He is married to the former Christie Cannon of Calhoun City, Miss., and the couple has three children, son Cannon, and daughters Kate and Piper.