Tommy Tate

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Tommy Tate
Current position
Title Athletic director & Football DC
Team Opelousas Catholic (LA)
Biographical details
Born (1956-02-26) February 26, 1956 (age 66)
Washington, Louisiana
Playing career
1975–1978 McNeese State
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1999 McNeese State (asst/DC)
2000–2006 McNeese State
2007–2011Crowley HS (LA)
2011–2012 Rayne HS (LA) (assistant)
2013–Present Opelousas Catholic (LA) (DC)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2013–present Opelousas Catholic (LA)
Head coaching record
Overall49–26 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 SLC (2001–2003)
Awards
Eddie Robinson Award (2002) [1]
SLC Coach of the Year (2003)

Thomas Tate (born February 26, 1956) is an American football coach who is currently serving as the Defensive Coordinator at Opelousas Catholic as well as their Athletic Director. He was the head football coach at McNeese State University from 2000 to 2006. He compiled a record of 49–26 led the McNeese State Cowboys to three consecutive Southland Conference titles, from 2001 to 2003. Tate was given the Eddie Robinson Award in 2002 as the coach of the year in NCAA Division I-AA, when he guided the Cowboys to a 13–2 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship, where his team finished as runners-up. Tate was fired in the middle of the 2006 season after the Cowboys started 1–3. He was replaced by Matt Viator, who coached McNeese to a 6–2 record the rest of the way (finishing 7–5) and earned the school another Southland Conference title.

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Early life

Tate hails from Washington, Louisiana. He graduated from Port Barre High School in Point Barre in 1974.

Coaching career

Tate was an assistant coach at McNeese State for 21 seasons, from 1979 to 1999, serving under six head coaches: Ernie Duplechin, Hubert Boales, John McCann, Sonny Jackson, Bobby Keasler, and Kirby Bruchhaus. Tate was appointed as head coach in June 2000 after Bruchhaus resigned amid allegations that he had bet on professional and college football games. [2]

Head coaching record

College

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs TSN#Coaches°
McNeese State Cowboys (Southland Conference)(2000–2006)
2000 McNeese State8–45–2T–2ndL NCAA Division I-AA First Round 1616
2001 McNeese State8–45–1T–1stL NCAA Division I-AA First Round 1313
2002 McNeese State 13–26–01stL NCAA Division I-AA Championship 22
2003 McNeese State10–25–01stL NCAA Division I-AA First Round 87
2004 McNeese State4–71–4T–5th
2005 McNeese State5–43–3T–3rd
2006 McNeese State1–30–0
McNeese State:49–2625–10
Total:49–26
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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