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Tess McCain
Tess McCain comes to Appalachian State after working as a Clinical Dietitian at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Athletics Adds McCain to Staff as Director of Performance Nutrition

Tess McCain was announced as Director of Performance Nutrition for App State Athletics on Tuesday.

“We are excited to bring Tess on board to continue to enhance our performance nutrition efforts for App State student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Doug Gillin. “We are leaders in the college athletics space in providing our student-athletes with the very best nutrition and education on fueling their bodies for optimal health and performance. Tess will play a key role in our pursuit of excellence across all sports.”

McCain had already spent more than two months working part-time for the Mountaineers as an Olympic Performance Dietitian.

Prior to coming to Boone, McCain worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, where she provided medical nutrition therapy. She also works remotely as a Nutrition Coach with DM Nutrition Fit.

Originally from Signal Mountain, Tenn., McCain earned her undergraduate degree in nutrition with a concentration in dietetics from the University of Tennessee in 2020. She then obtained a master’s degree in nutrition science in 2021 from UAB.

While in school in Knoxville, McCain worked with Tennessee student-athletes on customized pre-workout nutrition and post-workout recovery regimens. In Birmingham she completed clinical hours working in in-patient and out-patient child nutrition programs including in an ICU unit.

McCain is North Carolina Licensed Dietitian, in addition to being an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Member, and is certified in social and behavioral research as well as being CPR certified.

“I am extremely passionate about this position and so grateful for the opportunity to be the Director for Performance Nutrition,” McCain said. “Appalachian State and these athletes are special and I am excited to be a consistent resource for them to help meet individual nutrition goals and perform at their highest level.