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McVay begins 18th season as Director of TTU Football Operations

Tommy McVay (Source: Texas Tech) Tommy McVay (Source: Texas Tech)
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Planning a trip out of town for more than 100 people is no easy task, but for Tommy McVay, it has become an art.

McVay is Texas Tech's Director of Football Operations and that means he makes all the plans when it comes to traveling out of town for games.

The trip to the University of Texas El Paso will be the first away game in Tommy McVay's 18th season as the Director of Football Operations at Texas Tech.

He's the man who dots the I's and crosses the T's, plotting and planning every detail of the trip.

A five and a half hour haul becomes quite a big task when you have more than 160 bodies to care for.

"We'll leave here Friday. We have five buses that take us to the airport; when we unload the plane there, we are bussed to the hotel; then after we do a dinner, we go see a movie. Then we have a bed check."

McVay says it's a process that could take weeks to plan, but McVay has gotten pretty good at it, thanks to a lifetime of experience.

"I've been at the high school level, I've been at the college level, I've coached at the college level so you kind of have an idea of what your coaches are looking for and also the players," McVay says. “Because that's who you're really catering to and making sure they have a great experience."

In 2009 McVay was inducted into the Southwest Oklahoma State University basketball hall of fame.

His coaching career began in Wynoka Oklahoma from 1968 to 1979.

He spent 13 years as a high school athletic director and head football coach at Protection High School in Kansas.

His love for the game prompted him to accept an Assistant Coaching position at Kansas State.

He was hired on to the Tech football program by Coach Spike Dykes in 1996.

His tenure at Texas Tech has extended over four Head Coaches, something McVay says is rare.

"A lot of times when new coaches come in they bring their staff," McVay says.

McVay says the long-term position in Tech administration is the product of a great opportunity and a whole lot of hard work.

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