Tommy Tate

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Tommy Tate
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Athletic director
Team Opelousas Catholic (LA)
Biographical details
Born (1956-02-26) February 26, 1956 (age 61)
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
2007–2012 Crowley HS (LA)
2013–? Opelousas Catholic (LA) (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2013–present Opelousas Catholic (LA)
Head coaching record
Overall 49–26 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
3 Southland (2001–2003)
Eddie Robinson Award (2002)
Louisiana Coach of the Year (2002)
New Orleans Hall of Fame Coach of the Year (2002)

Thomas "Tommy" Tate (born February 26, 1956) is an American football coach. He was the head football coach ta 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 CAA 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.

Early life[edit]

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

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN# Coaches°
McNeese State Cowboys (Southland Conference) (2000–2006)
2000 McNeese State 8–4 5–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 16 16
2001 McNeese State 8–4 5–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 13 13
2002 McNeese State 13–2 6–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Championship 2 2
2003 McNeese State 10–2 5–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 8 7
2004 McNeese State 4–7 1–4 T–5th
2005 McNeese State 5–4 3–3 T–3rd
2006 McNeese State 1–3 0–0
McNeese State: 49–26 25–10
Total: 49–26
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