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McClellan, Daryl Spencer

(born: October 4, 1962  -  died: September 15, 2022) 

Daryl Spencer McClellan was an electrical engineer, a champion tennis player, and a trainer. He was employed with Meade Johnson, then with Vectren Corporation before becoming self-employed at Electrical Engineering Consultant. African Americans make up 5% of the electrical engineers in the United States [Zippia statistics]. 

McClellan was a 2004 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana where he earned a master's degree in industrial management. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics at Fisk University in 1984. McClellan was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

During his tennis career, Daryl McClellan was a top seeded champion player in Indiana and an athletics mentor and instructor. He had a long and successful tennis career that included the 1992 championship at the Memorial Day Open Tournament in Evansville. Two years later, McClellan was the #1 seed in the men's open singles finals in the 39th Memorial Day Open Tennis Tournament. In 2000, McClellan won the men's open and 35-year singles title in the Spring Tune Up Tournament. In 2018, he was the singles winner of the USTA Indiana Championship [United States Tennis Association]. 

McClellan was also a certified professional tennis instructor, a certified kickboxing instructor, and an exercise coach. He had overseen two high school tennis mentoring programs in Indiana. McClellan had participated in sports for many years. As a teenager in 1976, he won the $100 first place prize for picking the most correct number of football game wins in the Lexington Herald-Leader contest.

Daryl Spencer McClellan died in Newburgh, IN in 2022. He was born in Hopkinsville, KY, the son of Raymond E. McClelland and Martha Ann Spotts McClellan. He was a brother to Hassell H. McClellan and other siblings. The family lived in Georgetown, KY, where Daryl S. McClellan graduated from high school.

Sources: "Scott Countians place first, second in contest," The Lexington Herald, 01/28/1976, p.15; Tim Auth, "Tennis days can be long," Vincennes Sun Commercial, 06/07/1993, p.B1; "Top seeds faring well in Memorial Day Open," The Evansville Courier, 05/29/1994, p.B7; "Vincennes Orthopaedic Open: Botner, Kuhl reach finals," Vincennes Sun Commercial, 06/13/1999, p.16: "McClellan claims Tune Up tennis title," Evansville Courier & Press, 05/01/2000, p.D4; see Daryl Spencer McClellan in "Obituaries," Evansville Courier Press, 09/21/2022, p.A5; "Evansville adult tennis team wins USTA state championship," Evansville Courier & Press, 08/15/2018, p.3B.

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NKAA Entry: McClellan, Hassell H.
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