Brian Pate-Managing Editor
Brian Pate is the founder and Managing Editor of The Lion Wire. Having established the blog in 2012, the site has become the prime source of a fan’s view of Texas A&M-Commerce athletics.
A Native of the Tyler, Texas area, Brian is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from TAMUC, which he earned in 2012. He lives in the Dallas Metroplex and is an associate at a Dallas based Wealth Management firm. When not blogging, he enjoys reading, fishing, basketball, live music, and attends Stonebriar Church in Frisco, TX.
Russell McLean-Contributing Editor
Russell McLean joined The Lion Wire staff in the Fall of 2017 and could not have come on at a better time. A long time supporter of the site, his in depth analysis and sports writing acumen has won him a lot of fans in a short amount of time and has become an invaluable part of the Wire. He is a major contributor during Football season and covers off-season football news and recruiting news. McLean has a tremendous knowledge of Texas High School Football and also Texas College Football on levels from Division I-FBS to Division III.
A West Texas native from the town of Quanah, Texas. He attended then East Texas State University from 1979-1981 and was a part of the Football program as a punter and a student assistant during those days. He as a member of the Kappa Alpha Order as a student. After his time in Commerce, he went back to West Texas and started a long career in Firefighting and being a first responder, trainer, and cadet coordinator with the Cypress Creek Fire Department in Houston, Texas. He currently resides in the Houston area city of Klein, Texas with Tiana, his wife of over 30 years, and has a grown son, Andrew, and a daughter, Shelby, who is a Junior at A&M-Commerce.