McClellan joins Bulldog hoops staff

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech Men’s Basketball head coach Talvin Hester added to his staff Wednesday with the announcement of Darshawn McClellan as assistant coach.

McClellan was with Hester this past season at Texas Tech as the Director of Scouting and Recruiting for the Red Raiders who put together a 27-win season including victories over Montana State and Notre Dame to help the program make its fifth Sweet 16 appearance in program history.

“Darshawn has an unbelievable ability to connect and work with players,” said Hester.  “He has worked two jobs in the state of Texas and has played in Tennessee and Louisiana, which all plays into us being able to recruit this region really well.  He is another great addition to our Bulldog Family.”

As Director of Scouting, McClellan was responsible for preparing individual workouts and practices, scouting reports and video edits and helping coordinate and devise player development.

Prior to spending one season in Lubbock, he spent two seasons (2019-21) as Director of Player Development at UTEP in El Paso and three seasons (2016-19) as Video Coordinator at Illinois State.

“I am beyond excited and grateful to be an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech under Talvin Hester,” said McClellan.  “I was quickly attracted to the opportunity to join a coach and an athletic department that is passionate about winning and sustaining success.  I look forward to getting to know the entire department as well as helping our student-athletes build upon the program’s rich tradition and standard of excellence in Conference USA.”

Prior to his stop at Illinois State, McClellan worked as a player development assistant with the Vanderbilt Commodores during the 2015-16 season following a three-year playing career overseas in Iceland, Japan and Luxembourg and work in the private sector.

He also served as an assistant coach at Thomas Edison High School, his alma mater, in Fresno, California during the offseason.

McClellan graduated from Vanderbilt in 2011 with a degree in Human and Organizational Development and played in 88 career games.  After graduating from Vanderbilt, he played a fifth year at UL-Lafayette as a graduate student where he averaged 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in his only season with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

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