Anthony McClain

July 9, 2018 12:07 PM

Spouse Name and Family Information: Kari McClain; three sons: Dallas McClain, 20; Kadyn McClain, 13; Terrance Cannon, 22.

Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Football, running back
  • Baseball, outfield

Millikin major: Communications

Current employment: I am a sales rep for Nestlé. I am also the color commentator for high school and Millikin football games on ESPN Radio 1050, “The Fan.” 

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic achievements:
When I graduated, I was the second leading rusher in school history. [McClain now holds sixth place in the MU record book for career rushing, with 2,698 yards.] In baseball, I hold the record for most hits in a game [tied with six other MU alums for most hits in a game, with five hits.]  I was also previously tied for most RBIs in a season and career. I was also pre-season All-American selection in football during my junior year, recipient of the M Award for baseball during my senior year and named to CCIW All-Conference teams in both baseball and football.

Why did you choose MU?
Great education and I was able to play both baseball and football.

Aside from Big Blue athletics, what activities did you participate in as a student at MU?
I was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

What was your most memorable moment as a Millikin student-athlete?
In football, beating Augustana twice in the same season. In baseball, helping lead the team to its best season in a long time.

What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin University?
Marrying by beautiful wife, Kari, and raising three sons. Also helping coach JFL football with my fraternity brother, Lorne Sturdivant ’90. 

When not supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite thing to do?
I love to grill!

Who is your most memorable MU professor/coach/staff and why?
[former coach] Mike Poe. He was my running back coach and ran plays that I liked to run. Also [former coach] Thomas Jensen. He graduated from Michigan and I love Michigan!

How has your experience as a Big Blue athlete prepared/helped make you successful?
All my coaches in both sports made sure the classroom came first. They didn’t ask if I knew a play, they asked if my schoolwork was done.

What advice do you give to current Millikin students about preparing for life after graduation?
Millikin will prepare you for the real world. You will have a bunch of opportunities! Millikin University is known all over the country.