Tom Gang is entering his fourth year serving as the Antelope Valley College Marauders Athletic Director. Gang is just the fourth Antelope Valley College Athletic Director in 58 years. In his first year, Gang implemented positive programs for the Marauder Student Athletes. The Fall Student Athlete Retreat along with the development of the Student Athlete Academic Success Advisory Committee are examples of Gang’s commitment to the overall success of Marauder Student Athletes. He has also introduced the Community Athletic Project to the Antelope Valley where youth in the community are given opportunities to attend free camps and clinics at the college facilities.
Prior to landing at Antelope Valley College, Gang spent two years as the Athletic Director of Wentworth Military Academy and College, an NJCAA school in rural Missouri. Gang also served as the Associate Dean & Athletic Director at Sierra College in Rocklin from 2011 to 2012.
Gang’s initial service in administration began at Mendocino College in 2008 while he was an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Head Football Coach. He led the Athletic Department until his departure in 2011. As the Head Football Coach, he guided the Eagles to 3 Conference Championships and was named Coach of the year in 2007 and 2009. Gang’s 2004 team was awarded the Pepsi Scholar Team Award presented to the football team with the highest GPA in the California Community College Athletic Association. While at Mendocino, Gang was honored by the Mendocino County Martin Luther King, Jr. Organization with a Certificate of Appreciation in 2007.
Gang currently serves as the President of the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) and is the Administrative Representative for Football in the Western State Conference. Gang was a member of the Northern California Football Conference (NCFC) executive board from 2003 through 2012 and was its Valley Conference President in 2011.
He was also a member of the California Community College Football Coaches Association (CCCFCA) from 2003 until 2011. In 2010, Gang was selected to serve as the President of the CCCFCA and was an active member of the Executive Board from 2009 to 2012. Additionally, he was the Bay Valley Conference Administrative Representative for Softball from 2008 to 2011.
Tom Gang began his coaching and teaching career in 1990 at his alma mater, California State University Fullerton where he competed as a scholarship football player in 1988 and 1989. A Junior College transfer from Modesto Junior College, Gang received All Central Valley Conference honors at Modesto and was named to the Modesto Junior College All Decade Team.
Receiving his teaching credential in Physical Education from Chapman University, he spent four years teaching and coaching at Ceres High School before transferring to Modesto Junior College to serve as an Assistant Football Coach. Gang left Modesto in 2003 when he was hired to lead the Eagle Football program of Mendocino College.
Gang served as a member of the United State Marine Corps (R) in Aircraft Firefight and Rescue from 1984 to 1988.
He has been married for over 32 years to Stephanie and has 6 children – Ashley, Matthew, Elise, Haylee, Lindsay and Allyson. Coach Gang and his wife Stephanie also have 9 grandchildren – Michael, Grace, Audrey, Jacob, Xander, Everly, Noah, Sophie and Nora.