Dabo Swinney bolsters recruiting support staff with addition of former teammate

Thad Turnipseed has served the past 11 years at Alabama, most recently as Nick Saban's director of external affairs

Turnabout is fair play.

Clemson's Dabo Swinney, after previously losing staff member Chris Rumph to Alabama, has raided the Crimson Tide's support staff for his new Director of Recruiting/External Affairs.

Thad Turnipseed, a former teammate of Swinney's at Alabama, officially joined Swinney's staff on Thursday. He will work closely with Swinney and recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott in the organization all recruiting-related activities. The Alabama staff, meanwhile, remains dotted with Clemson connections, including Rumph, former running backs coach Burton Burns, former offensive coordinator Billy Napier and former defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

Turnipseed comes to Clemson after spending the last 11 years at the University of Alabama, most recently serving as associate athletic director for special projects and director of football external affairs on Nick Saban's Alabama staff. Previous, he worked as Alabama's director of capital projects, designing and overseeing more than $200 million in athletic-related facility projects, including two end zone expansions at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Turnipseed earned a B.A. degree from the University of Alabama in political science in 1995, with a double minor in geology and general business. He was a member of the Crimson Tide football team from 1990-92 and became a student assistant coach with the team from 1993-95 after an injury.

He and Swinney were both members of Alabama’s 1992 National Championship team and were on the same coaching staff between 1993-95.

Turnipseed is married to the former Melissa Nix, and has three daughters: Mallory, Marian and Marlee and a son, Lee.

He is the second addition to Clemson's football support staff in the last week, joining Adam Smotherman, who was hired as an assistant strength and conditioning coach under Joey Batson.

Smotherman, a former standout offensive lineman at Vanderbilt, will work primarily with Clemson's defensive linemen.

Smotherman follows in Batson's footprints by coming to Clemson by way of Furman, where he supervised strength and conditioning programs for 13 of the Paladins' 16 sports over the past three years.

Smotherman worked at Clemson during the 2011-12 academic year as a graduate assistant under Batson, helping coach the defensive line and linebackers for the Tigers' ACC championship team.

Previously, Smotherman worked as a volunteer/intern coach in the strength and conditioning facility at Vanderbilt, his alma mater. He worked under John Sisk, former assistant strength and conditioning coach at Clemson.

Smotherman was the captain of Vanderbilt's football team in 2010 under current Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell, and also started two seasons under former coach Bobby Johnson, a Clemson graduate.

Smotherman received his bachelor's degree in secondary education and history from Vanderbilt in May of 2011. He is currently working on a master's degree in youth development leadership at Clemson.

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KIMOSAMI writes:

It doesn't matter to me, but.....does Smotherman's resume timeline add up? Perhaps an edit would clear up the dates/activities. He appears to be at Furman and Vandy and even Clemson in overlapping times and capacities.

And then perhaps its the residue of that last Budweiser thats fogging my vision.

KIMOSAMI writes:

in response to KIMOSAMI:

It doesn't matter to me, but.....does Smotherman's resume timeline add up? Perhaps an edit would clear up the dates/activities. He appears to be at Furman and Vandy and even Clemson in overlapping times and capacities.

And then perhaps its the residue of that last Budweiser thats fogging my vision.

It was the Bud.

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