After being named the 30th head coach in the Tigers storied history Tommy Laurendine began his reign as the program’s leader and offensive coordinator in 2011.
In just his second season as the program's leader, Sewanee had eight All-SAA players, including SAA Newcomer of the Year Brandon Campbell.
In his first season as head coach, Laurendine guided Sewanee to its best season since 2005. The Tigers finished with more overall wins in 2011 than the previous four seasons combined. For his efforts, Laurendine was honored as the SCAC Co-Coach of the Year.
Also in 2011, the Tigers finished fourth in the SCAC in scoring (23.5 ppg) and third in scoring defense (19.5 ppg). Additionally, Sewanee finished second in the SCAC in total rushing (231.5 ypg) while defeating long-time rival Rhodes for the first time since 2005.
An Oak Ridge, Tennessee native, Laurendine came to Sewanee from The Citadel, where he served as the offensive coordinator in 2010. In addition, Laurendine coached the quarterbacks and fullbacks for the Bulldogs.
Before his stint at The Citadel, Laurendine served as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, and fullbacks coach at NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne College for two seasons.
In 2008, his offense improved by more than 126 yards per game and finished the season ranked fifth in Division II in rushing, averaging 295.3 yards per contest.
A year later, Laurendine and the Bears improved to 294.3 rushing yards per game, finishing the year with the second best rushing average in Division II.
Prior to his stint at Lenoir-Rhyne, Laurendine served as the offensive coordinator at Washington & Lee University in 2007. During his time with the Generals, he coached quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Laurendine also served as the Generals' offensive coordinator from 1995-1997.
From 2001-2006, Laurendine was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Southern Arkansas University. While at Southern Arkansas, Laurendine's offenses set a combined 18 school records and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2003.
The 2005 squad broke records for total offense (4,677), rushing attempts (630), first downs (250), touchdowns (44), rushing offense (296.4 ypg), total offense (425.2 ypg), scoring offense (29.7 points per game), and single game yardage (615).
He also spent the 2000 season as SAU's assistant head coach, offensive line coach, and team academic coordinator.
Laurendine also had coaching stops at the University of West Alabama (1997-2000), Northwest Whitfield High School (1994-95), and West Georgia College (1991-94) as a graduate assistant.
Laurendine is a 1990 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne, having earned a bachelor of arts in education. While at L-R, he was a two-year starter at quarterback and was named the 1988 and 1989 South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a 1989 Domino's NAIA Player of the Year Finalist. Laurendine was team captain in 1989 and led the Bears to a conference championship in 1988.
A two-year letterwinner, he was inducted into the L-R Hall of Fame in 2008 and the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 2008. He holds school records in career completion percentage (58.3), single-season total yards (2,409), and career total yards (4,064).
Laurendine began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne from 1990-1991, before earning his master's degree in physical education from West Georgia College in 1992.
He and his wife, Shawna, who serves as the head volleyball coach at Sewanee, have two daughters, Alexa, 13 and Lakin, 8.