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Louisiana Tech names McClelland new AD

Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Louisiana Tech has named Tommy McClelland II its new athletic director.

McClelland had been the athletic director at McNeese State since March 2007.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the Louisiana Tech family," said McClelland in a statement Tuesday. "This is an institution that has a great academic and athletic reputation throughout the country as well as a storied past and a bright future."

During his tenure at McNeese State, McClelland led an improvement in team academic progress rates (APR) that now exceed NCAA targets, set single game and season attendance records in several men's and women's programs, directed $11 million in facility construction and improvements, and led the development of a strategic plan that increased self-generated revenues by 80 percent.

"Tommy McClelland has demonstrated strong leadership skills and success in his early years as an athletics director," said Louisiana Tech president Dr. Les Guice. "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."

McNeese State programs won 11 Southland Conference regular season or tournament championships, including three in women's basketball, two in football, two in soccer, two in softball, one in men's cross country and one in men's basketball during McClelland's run.

McClelland will take over for Bruce Van De Velde, who stepped down on July 1.

07/16 13:22:03 ET