Tommy McClelland II
Since stepping on campus in July of 2013, the cornerstone of Louisiana Tech Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland’s leadership has been the philosophy of building champions on the playing fields, in the classrooms and in life.
While leading Louisiana Tech into the Conference USA era, McClelland impacted the athletics department through fundraising, facility improvements, coaching hires and overall student-athlete development.
If 2015-16 is any indication, McClelland’s philosophy is paying dividends in Ruston. During McClelland’s third year sitting in the AD chair in Ruston, the University’s student-athletes combined to record one of the most successful years in recent history.
“What a great job by our coaches, our student-athletes and our support staff this past year,” said McClelland. “It was truly a memorable year in so many ways. We preach building champions on the field, in the classroom and in life, and I truly believe we had more than our share of all of those during the past 12 months.
“I think this year was one we can build upon. We never want to be satisfied, and we are always striving for even greater things. That’s our philosophy. However, when we look back at the past year, we know that a lot of blood and sweat and tears went into the successes that Louisiana Tech and its student-athletes had on the playing fields and in the classroom.”
Prior to being named athletic director at McNeese State on March 19, 2008, McClelland served as interim athletic director and assistant athletic director of internal affairs at the university.
In his time at McNeese, McClelland and his staff had numerous success stories when it came to increased revenue streams and the overall game- day experience in Lake Charles. He raised more than $3 million in private donations, and he was instrumental in increasing corporate sponsorships to nearly $1 million, while securing new clients and multi-year sponsorships.
McClelland earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State in 2004 and completed his master’s degree in sports administration in 2005. He walked on with the Demons football team and eventually earned a scholarship; he also competed in the javelin for the NSU track and field team.
The native of Basile, Louisiana served as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State in athletics and also worked at the Southland Conference office as an administrative intern, assisting with championship events.
McClelland is also a 2012 graduate of the Executive Program of the Sports Management Institute and attended instruction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
McClelland is married to the former Jessica Stokes of Garrison, Texas. They have two sons, Lawson (6) and Grayson (5).