Vanderbilt reportedly adds WAC AD to serve under Vandy AD
Vanderbilt continues to revamp its athletics department, and the Commodores have announced that they have hired a pair of senior administrators to serve under Athletics Director Candice Lee, the school announced today.
Tommy McClelland, the athletics director at Louisiana Tech and Kristene Kelly, a senior administrator at Dartmouth, have joined the Commodores.
McClelland will serve as the deputy athletic director for external affairs and revenue generation. He will direct the Commodores’ marketing and promotional efforts, ticket operations and sales, fan engagement and hospitality, broadcasting and Learfield IMG College partnership.
McClelland led Louisiana Tech as athletic director since 2013, and was at the helm to oversee the $23 million Davison Athletics Complex and $18 million press box and luxury suites at Joe Aillet Stadium. These two facilities produced more than $1.2 million in additional revenue per year for the athletics department, according to Vanderbilt
Louisiana Tech achieved record numbers in private giving in each of the past five years, including a record $1.67 million in giving to the Louisiana Tech Athletics Club in 2018-19. In 2015, McClelland negotiated an exclusive apparel five-year agreement with Adidas.
Kelly will serve as Vanderbilt’s deputy athletic director for internal affairs. She will represent Vanderbilt in the SEC and within the NCAA structure as senior woman administrator, a title she also held with the Big Green.
Source: Louisiana Tech AD Tommy McClelland is leaving to take a deputy AD role at Vanderbilt. He’s regarded as one of the top young ADs in college athletics. Key hire for AD Candice Storey-Lee.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 14, 2020