Former Clemson AD Bill McLellan passes

Former Clemson SID Bill McLellan passed away Monday at the age of 81.

CLEMSON, SC (CLEMSON SID)- Bill McLellan, who served Clemson for over 30 years, including 14 years as Director of Athletics, died early Monday morning at Greenville (SC) Memorial Hospital. McLellan was 81 years old at the time of his death.
McLellanâ??s vision brought Memorial Stadium to an 80,000 seat structure, hired some of the most successful coaches in school history, and expanded the athletic landscape to include womenâ??s athletics.

McLellan served as Clemson Director of Athletics from 1971-85. During this time Clemson won 34 ACC Championships in nine different sports. The program was especially successful from 1978-85 when Clemson had 45 top 25 teams and 27 ACC championships.

The program had a national top five all-sports ranking four times in a five-year period between 1978-83, including an all-time best number-three ranking for the 1979-80 academic year. That year Clemson reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Basketball Tournament in its first appearance, went to the College World Series and to the Peach Bowl.

McLellan is survived by his wife Ann and children Suzy, Bill, Cliff and Arch Anna.