Behind the scenes, Swinney's support staff keeps Clemson football running smoothly

Tiger football support staff blends old hands, new faces

Football - Jeff Davis, center, introduces Bradley Pinion to former Tiger kicker Dale Hatcher

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Football - Jeff Davis, center, introduces Bradley Pinion to former Tiger kicker Dale Hatcher

Building a strong and comprehensive support staff has been an ongoing process during Dabo Swinney's watch as head coach.

Each recruiting signing day, recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott opens his comments by thanking those who've had a hand in assembling the year's class of new comers. "This will take a few minutes," he said one year.

Though by no means a comprehensive look at everyone involved with the Clemson football program in a support capacity, here's a look at Clemson's behind-the-scenes support staff, from the 2013 football media guide.

Football Office Administration: Jill Williams-Wilkes, administrative assistant for recruiting; Ren Windham, administrative assistant for offense; Jennifer Benton, administrative assistant for defense; Beth Douglas, assistant to the head coach.

Daniel Bassett: Director of Football Programs, he's a 2001 graduate of Tennessee and is in his fifth year at Clemson. He's in charge of on-campus meals and housing, maintaining the recruiting database, and community outreach.

Rhett Brooks: The 2009 Murray State grad is beginning his second year on staff, and his first working with offensive player development. He worked on the defensive side of the ball last year.

Tyler Carlton: A 2009 graduate of Tulsa, Carlton works with offensive coordinator Chad Morris in offensive analysis and research. He began working with Morris as an offensive quality control assistant at Tulsa in 2010.

Joe Craddock: A graduate assistant in offensive player development, Craddock is a 2008 graduate of Middle Tennessee, where he played for former Clemson assistant coach Rick Stockstill.

Jeff Davis: The former Tiger All-American and Ring of Honor member is in his 10th season as a staff member and in his fifth year as assistant athletic director for football player relations. He served the previous five years as assistant AD for fundraising, during which he concentrated on the WestZone project. A 1984 Clemson graduate, he helped lead the Tigers to the national championship in 1981.

Mike Dooley: The Tigers' director of high school relations and player personnel, Dooley is a 1998 graduate of Furman. He's in his ninth year at Clemson, having worked previously as a video and offensive grad assistant. He also served as the Tigers' interim tight ends coach in 2008.

Dustin Fry: The former star Clemson offensive lineman is in his second season as an offensive grad assistant, after playing two seasons with the St. Louis Rams. A four-year letterman, he earned first-team All-ACC honors at center in 2006.

Wesley Goodwin: A 2007 graduate of Mississippi State, Goodwin is in his fifth season at Clemson and in his first working in defensive analysis and research. He was a grad assistant coach in 2010 and 2011.

Michael Hamlin: The former Tiger star safety is in his first year as a grad assistant after NFL playing stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. He'll work with the Tiger defense this season.

Andy Johnston: Clemson's Associate AD for Football Operations, Johnston is in his 17th year with the Tiger football program and his 32nd year at Clemson. He is responsible for managing the football program's day-to-day operations. From 1983-1997, he served as Clemson's women's tennis coach. He was a four-time ACC coach of the year, and led the Tigers to five consecutive ACC titles and six NCAA tournament appearances.

Brandon McCombs: In his fourth season on staff, the 2009 Clemson graduate is in his first year working in special teams analysis and research. He works primarily with the Tigers' kickers.

Woody McCorvey: Clemson's Associate Athletic Director for Football Administration, McCorvey returned to Clemson after a 20-year absence to join Swinney's staff in 2009. He served as an assistant coach on Danny Ford's Clemson staff from 1983-89, and then had coaching stints at Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi State. A 1972 graduate of Alabama State, he serves as the primary liaison between Swinney and the athletic and IPTAY administration.

Damonte McKenzie: In his fifth year with the Clemson staff, the former Tiger strength and conditioning All-American works in defensive player development. He served as an assistant coach at Wren High and T.L. Hanna High before joining the Clemson staff as a grad assistant in 2008.

Don Munson: In his fourth year as director of creative media services, Munson is a 1984 graduate of Appalachian State who has been involved in Clemson's radio networks in various capacities for 18 years. In his work with the football program, Munson oversees the Tigers' recruiting website and social media sites and produces online video features for Clemson's official website.

Danny Poole: Clemson's director of sports medicine, Poole is in his 31st year at Clemson. A 1979 graduate of Western Carolina, Poole has spent his career working in athletic training at Clemson, including the past 13 years in his current position. He was honored in 2001 with the Athletic Trainers Service Award.

Abe Reed: Clemson's director of equipment for football, Reed is in his 16th year at Clemson and in his first year in his current position.

Brad Scott: Clemson's assistant AD and Director of Recruiting, Scott is in his third season in his current position after a long and distinguished coaching career. He moved into administration in 2012 after a dozen seasons as a Clemson assistant, mostly as the Tigers' offensive line coach. The South Florida graduate served on Bobby Bowden's staff at Florida State for 11 years and then was head coach at South Carolina from 1994-1998.

Thad Turnipseed: Just having joined the Clemson staff this summer as Director of Recruiting & Affairs, Turnipseed comes to Clemson from Nick Saban's staff at Alabama, where he was director of facilities improvements. He will work closely with Dabo Swinney, Jeff Scott and Brad Scott in organizing all of the program's recruiting activities. Turnipseed is a 1994 graduate of Alabama, where he was a teammate of Swinney's on the Tide's 1992 national championship team.

Andrew Warwick: A graduate of Knox College, Warwick is in his second season as a grad assistant working with the Clemson defense.

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