Bill D'Andrea has had a profound effect on the Clemson athletic
department in particular, and the entire University in general in his 22
years as a full-time employee and his 25 years overall at Clemson. He has helped make Clemson one of the top all-around programs in the nation through his work as a football coach, director of student-athlete academic services in Vickery Hall and as the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director supervising the athletic department's scholarship fund-raising instrument, IPTAY. As you can see by his resume below, he has succeeded at a high level in every task he has been
D'Andrea began his association with Clemson as a graduate assistant
football coach under Danny Ford in 1983 and 1984. The Tigers won 16
games in those two seasons, including a 9-1-1 campaign in 1983 when
Clemson finished with a #11 final ranking. D'Andrea moved on to
Southern Mississippi for the 1985 season, his first year as a full-time
In 1986, Ford had an opening on his coaching staff and D'Andrea
received a call to return to Clemson after just one season in
Mississippi. He became an assistant coach, working in tandem with
Larry Van Der Heyden, who had been his position coach as a player at
Indiana State in the 1970s.
D'Andrea helped the Tigers to three consecutive ACC Championships from
1986-88, tying a league record for consecutive league titles at the time.
The 1989 team did not win the ACC title, but finished with a 10-2 record
and a top 10 national ranking. In the four years D'Andrea served as an
assistant coach, Clemson posted a 38-8-2 record, won four bowl games
(wins over Stanford, Penn State, Oklahoma and West Virginia) and finished
in the top 20 of both final polls every year.
D'Andrea coached many outstanding players, including two-time first-team
All-American Stacy Long. Long was a first-team All-American according to
Sporting News in 1989 as a junior, then went on to become the only
offensive lineman in Clemson history to be a finalist for the Outland
Trophy. He was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
D'Andrea became the first director of Vickery Hall, Clemson's student-athlete enrichment facility, in 1991. He was at the center of a ground-breaking
aspect of athletic administration, as Vickery Hall was the first self
standing facility dedicated to student-athlete enrichment in the nation.
When the building opened in 1991, the combined GPA of the Clemson
athletic teams was 2.35. In 2002, when D'Andrea left his directorship
after 11 years, the combined GPA of the school's athletic programs was
2.85. During one stretch, the overall student-athlete grade point
averages improved 14 consecutive semesters. The program was named one of
the top programs of its kind in the nation by NACDA in September of 1999.
D'Andrea obviously set a firm foundation for the student-athlete
enrichment program, as Clemson student-athletes posted a record 2.97 GPA
in the spring of 2009. Records have continued to be set in terms of
academic honor roll students, and teams with over a 3.0 GPA.
Named a senior associate athletic director in 2002, D'Andrea now
supervises all external affairs of the athletic department. Now in his
eighth year in that position, D'Andrea oversees all of Clemson`s
fund-raising activities (IPTAY), promotions, marketing, tickets, and
sports information. He reports directly to Athletic Director Dr. Terry
Much of his daily responsibilities have been consumed by the capital
campaign that will provide the financial backing of the West Endzone
project at Memorial Stadium. In July, 2007, the department proudly
announced that the $27 million goal for the first stage of the West
Endzone Campaign had been realized. Significant progress has also been
made towards the financial goals for Phase II of the West Endzone
Project, and construction concluded in July 2009.
Over his five years organizing Clemson's fund-raising activities, annual
donations to IPTAY have risen from $9 million to a record $21 million in
2009. A record was also established in 2007 for the number of donors, as
over 16,000 people are now adult members of IPTAY. Clemson has also
sold a record number of season tickets for the 2008 season, as over
58,500 season tickets were sold by the end of July.
He has been very active in administration on the Atlantic Coast
Conference level and currently serves on the ACC's Sportsmanship
D'Andrea, a Morgan, PA native, received his undergraduate degree in
criminal justice from Indiana State in 1973. He was a member of the
Sycamore football team as an offensive lineman for four years and. He
earned a master's degree from East Carolina in 1975.
D'Andrea and his wife Lee reside in Central, SC. Lee is the
Superintendent of Public Schools for Anderson School District 4.