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McNeese to introduce new athletic director today

Last Modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:00 AM

By Alex Hickey / American Press

Sources confirmed that McNeese State will name its new athletic director in a news conference at 2 p.m. today at the Jack Doland Fieldhouse.

A news release Wednesday from the school said the news conference will “update the public on the search for the new athletic director.”

The lone finalist to visit the campus during the interview process was Sulphur native Bruce Hemphill.

Hemphill met separately with school President Philip Williams, student-athletes, the athletic staff and McNeese boosters during his Aug. 8 on-campus visit.

At the time, university officials emphasized that the search process was still open, but no other candidates have been brought in to meet the public. Williams said the candidate he hired would be part of an “open and transparent” process. Hemphill is the lone person to fit that description.

The 57-year-old Hemphill has two decades of experience in Division I athletics as a coach and administrator, though none since 2003. He spent the last decade as the athletic director at Fuquay-Varina (N.C.) High School before retiring and moving back to Sulphur last year for family reasons, he said.

Prior to that, Hemphill was an assistant AD at Wyoming (1999-2003) and North Carolina (1990-99).

The Sulphur High graduate was a three-year football letterman at LSU, then got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant on Charlie McClendon’s staff in 1977.

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