Sept. 14, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Jeremy McClain, who has served the last five years as Director of Athletics at Delta State University, has been hired as the new Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs by the University of Southern Mississippi. Pending approval from the IHL Board of Trustees, McClain will begin with the University on Oct. 1.
"Jeremy McClain is an absolutely fabulous addition to our athletics department," said Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jeff Hammond. "He's a man of character, moral courage and is has already demonstrated outstanding and exceptional leadership while at Delta State. We are so excited to have him and his family with the Golden Eagles."
While at Delta State, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee increased its services to the school's 350 student-athletes. McClain also served as the Executive Director of the Green & White Fund.
McClain also was able to increase donations to the school's athletic department, securing funding for the first phase of DSU's Athletic Master Plan, as well as for a scoreboard renovation at Parker Field-McCool Stadium, Ferriss Field, University Field and Sillers Coliseum.
Delta State's on-field successes also increased under McClain. During his tenure, the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen claimed seven Gulf South Conference championships, five NCAA Regional crowns and 21 NCAA postseason appearances. In 2010, the football team appeared in the NCAA Division II National Championship and last season, the baseball team earned a runner-up finish at the NCAA DII College World Series.
Prior to becoming Athletics Director, McClain was the Director of Development for the Delta State University Foundation, where he was responsible for securing and setting up scholarships for various departments as well as helping to advance the University through various projects.
McClain earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Delta State in 1999, where he was a Division II All-American in baseball. He earned his master's degree from there in 2002. After playing professional baseball for five years, he served as an Account Executive for the Jackson Senators minor league baseball team.