Just call him the boss.
Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. announced Friday morning that Jeremy McClain, the former deputy athletic director at the University of Southern Mississippi, is the new Troy Director of Athletics.
McClain, who has worked at Southern Mississippi for the past three years, will fill the vacancy that John Hartwell left in July.
“We selected Jeremy McClain from a deep pool of applicants that included senior administrators from every major athletic conference in the nation,” Hawkins said. “He has the right combination of experience, passion and leadership skills that we were seeking in our new AD.
“I am certain Jeremy will build on an already solid foundation and take Troy’s program to an unprecedented level of success.”
McClain received a standing ovation as he took the podium, and started his speech by expressing how humbled he was to receive the position.
“I didn’t have to be sold on anything; I knew who Troy was and what it was about,” McClain said to a packed Rane Auditorium in the Tine Davis Fieldhouse.
McClain, who is married with three children, was the primary fundraiser at Southern Mississippi, raising funds for new facilities for the sports programs at USM. He was also responsible for scheduling games for the football program, securing future games against Mississippi State, Kentucky and BYU.
McClain said that he is optimistic for the future of Troy athletics, particularly concerning the new north end zone project that will start “soon,” according to McClain.
“I want us to be the premier program in the Sun Belt across the board,” McClain said.
McClain’s energy was as evident as his optimism was.
“I think Troy’s best days lie in the future,” he said. “I think we are headed in the right direction.”
For full coverage on the addition of Jeremy McClain, see next week’s issue of “The Tropolitan” newspaper.