McNeese to introduce new athletic director today

By 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


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.