Strategic Advisory Council Member
Billy McBride serves as the Assistant Athletic Director-Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Club Sports and Senior Coach at Amherst College. He is also the liaison to the Center for Community Engagement, Admission Office, Dean Office and Human Resources Office. In conjunction with the Amherst College Mead Art Museum, he has produced a podcast on two lithographs by George Bellows (1882-1917), after speaking on 18 pieces of Bellows' oils, charcoal and lithograph. He was recently invited to lecture an American History Art class on Bellows, whose 1910 “Polo Crowd” painting was purchased by billionaire Bill Gates for $27.5 million; and the Mead Art Museum renamed Amalia Amaki’s “Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue #15” in honor of McBride. The painting locates black history, culture and experience as an integral part of the social fabric of “Americanness.” McBride is also a published author with the Mead Art Museum College Collection Guide.
During his tenure at Amherst College, McBride has held several assistant coaching positions and was the head coach for women’s basketball for fifteen years. He was named the NESCAC and Northeast Region District 1 Division III Russell Athletic WBCA Coach of the Year in 2000–2001. He has been actively involved with the NCAA while at Amherst and served as a facilitator for student-athletes on behalf of the NCAA at the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Leadership Conference in the cities of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Fort Worth, Texas; Chicago, Ill.; and Jersey City, N.J.
A 1979 graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation, McBride was a two-sport athlete; basketball and football. He was a member of Tennessee State’s 1975 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four team and was drafted in the NFL by the San Francisco 49ers shortly after graduation, playing the majority of his professional football career in the CFL. He received his master’s degree in exercise sciences and sports studies from Smith College in 2006.