Dr. Charles McClelland was named Texas Southern University’s Director of Athletics in April 2008. As athletics director, McClelland supervises 16 sports - nine women’s and seven men’s. His daily duties include managing budgets, scheduling, fundraising, marketing and keeping abreast of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules and regulations.
Since becoming director of athletics for TSU, McClelland has moved quickly in evaluating the overall athletics program and moving it to a higher level. In his first-two years, he secured over $700,000 in corporate sponsorships to help support the athletics programs. A firm believer that strength and conditioning play a vital role in the success of student-athletes on the playing field, McClelland refurbished the weight room with new equipment.
McClelland, success in athletics is not just about winning championships, but it’s
about graduating student-athletes. In an
effort to assist the student-athletes in reaching their full academic potential, he has restructured the athletics academic
enhancement center with the hiring of a new assistant athletics director for
academic enhancement and has added the position of academic advisor for
the university’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR)
are among McClelland’s top goals, while insuring that the athletics program
maintains compliance with NCAA and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) rules
and regulations. In doing so, he has
reorganized athletics compliance with the hiring of a Senior Associate Athletic
Director for Compliance, Director of Compliance and Academic Certifying
recently, McClelland was instrumental in finalizing a deal with the Houston
Dynamo soccer team to share in a new 21,000 seat stadium for Tiger
football. Last year, he secured a
student athletic fee that was passed by the student-body with 88% of the vote.
McClelland’s first-two years at the helm of the athletics program, several
sports have shown improvement. Football posted
its first winning season since 2000 and finished the year tied with the second
best conference record (5-2). The
baseball and softball teams both won the SWAC’s Western Division titles. Baseball garnered its first 30-win season in
school history. For the first time since
2003, the men’s basketball team advanced to the SWAC tournament championship,
while the women’s basketball team advanced to the semi-finals for the first time
in 17 years.
arriving at TSU, McClelland served as the athletics director at Prairie View
A&M University for seven years.
While at Prairie View, he increased football scholarships to the NCAA
I-AA maximum of 63 grant-in-aids. He also increased athletics
grant-in-aids for the remaining 17 sports to near the maximum allowed by the
NCAA for a Division I program.
improvements made during McClelland’s tenure at Prairie View were the implementation of a incentive pay
structure for coaches, the establishment of an athletics scholarship endowment
which collected over $500,000 in donations, and the addition of women’s soccer.
competitive standpoint, each of Prairie View’s 18 sports steadily improved
under McClelland’s tenure. For the 2006-07 sports year, the PVAMU
athletic program received the school’s first-ever SWAC C.D. Henry Award,
symbolic of overall excellence among the SWAC’s male sponsored sports.
Overall, the PVAMU athletics program finished in second place for the James
Frank Commissioner’s Cup Award and third for the Barbara Jacket-Sadie Magee
Award, symbolic of overall excellence among its female sponsored sports. .
Both awards garnered the highest level of recognition for the PVAMU athletics
department in over 16 years.
2007, McClelland was named one of 29 winners of the AstroTurf Athletics
Director of the Year Award as presented by the National Association of
Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). McClelland was chosen as the
Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) West award winner. He is the first athletics director from the SWAC
to receive this prestigious award.
graduate of Prairie View A&M, McClelland earned his bachelor’s degree in
accounting and in 1997 received an MBA from Prairie View. In 2010, he received his doctoral degree in higher education administration at Texas A&M University.
native of Jackson, Mississippi, McClelland’s extra-curricular affiliations
include membership in the Texas Southern University National Alumni
Association, Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association, Kappa
Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Lambda and the National Association of
is in the third year of a four-year appointment on the NCAA Leadership Council. One of the highest ranking councils in the
NCAA, the Leadership Council is responsible for establishing direct general
policy, the strategic plan for the NCAA and advises the board of directors on
administrative bylaws and regulations.
McClelland is a past president of the Houston Touchdown Club and also serves on the board of directors. Last year, he was re-elected by fellow SWAC athletics directors to serve as chairman of the SWAC Council of Athletics Directors for another two-year term.
McClelland is the father of two sons, Cainan (12) and Ashton (10).