LANCASTER - Tom Gang has become just the fourth Antelope Valley College Athletic Director in 58 years, taking over the spot from Newton Chelette, who retired last year.
He is the first of that group not to be an administrator (Dean, Vice-President, etc.) as well, but that is not to say his credentials are any less impressive, as he has extensive experience as a Dean, Athletic Director and coach, most of it in California Community Colleges.
Gang spent the last two years as the AD of Wentworth Military Academy and College, an NJCAA school in Missouri. Before that he spent two years as the Associate Dean, Athletic Director, and when necssitated by illness of the head football coach, assistant football coach.
Before moving to Sierra, he was head football coach for Mendocino College, where his teams won three conference titles and he was named conference Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and 2009.
Additionally, the man coming to lead the atheltic department that has produced more State Scholar Athletes than any other school coached an Eagle team that was awarded the Pepsi Scholar Team Award in 2004.
He was also Medocino's AD for four years.
Gang was a Member of the Northern California Football Conference (NCFC) executive board from 2003 through 2011, and was its Valley Conference President in 2011.
He was on the California Community College Football Coaches Association from 2009 to 2012 and was is President in 2011.
Additionally, he was the Bay Valley Conference Administrative representative from 2008 to 2011.
Before moving to Mendocino, he was an assistant coach for Modesto Junior College for six seasons and the Pirates were bowl chanpions in five of those six years. Gang had played for Modesto in 1986 and 1987 as an offensive lineman, and was named to the All-Central Valley Conference team in 1987 as well as the All-Decade Team.
Gang coached four seasons at Ceres High School after putting in two seasons as a graduate assistant at CSU Fullerton, where he played two years on scholarship.
A graduate of Santa Clara High School, Gang received his bachelors of science in physical education from CSUF and a masters of arts in education from Grand Canyon University.
A member of the US Marine Corps Reserve in firefight and rescue from 1984 to 1988, he has been married for 29 years to Stephanie and has six children – Ashley, Matthew, Elise, Haylee, Lindsay and Allyson – and five grand children – Michael, Grace, Audrey, Jacob and Xander.