McClanahan has completed 16 seasons as the head coach of the Gordon State Highlanders. Under McClanahan the Highlanders have had nine 30 plus win seasons, including four 40 plus win seasons. During this time the Highlanders have finished 3rd or better in the GCAA (Region XVII) nine times and earning their way into the Top 25 regular season national rankings six of those seasons. 2012 was the most successful of these seasons with the Highlanders finishing 3rd in the JUCO World Series, the most successful season in school history.
Accomplishments at Gordon State College:
- 2007 Region XVII Coach of the Year
- 2007, 2012 Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year
- 2012 East Central District Coach of the Year
- 140+ Former players to 4-year institutions and/or professional baseball
- 70+ Players earning All-Conference Awards
- 6 NJCAA All-Americans
- 16 Academic-All Americans
- 100+ players making the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA)
McClanahan began his coaching career at Hiwassee College (2001, 2002) in Madisonville, TN where he led the Tigers to the Region XII championship tournament both seasons. 2001 was the first trip to the postseason for the Tigers in over 15 seasons. McClanahan’s teams have only missed playing in the post season 3 of his 18 seasons as a head coach.
In 1999 McClanahan earned his B.S. in Health and Physical Education and in 2000 he earned his M.A. in Health and Physical Education from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN. While at Tennessee Tech he worked with the baseball program and was a graduate assistant in the Health and Physical Education department. He also earned his A.S. from Cleveland State Community College in 1996.
McClanahan was born in Cleveland, TN on July 10th, 1974 and resides in Forsyth, Ga with his two daughters, Taylor and Emma.