"Adam will work primarily with the defensive line," said Batson, who also came to Clemson after working at Furman. "He has great energy, passion and enthusiasm for this program. He is an excellent young strength coach with outstanding credentials."
Smotherman worked at Furman this past academic year, where he oversaw the strength and conditioning responsibilities for 13 of the Paladins' 16 varsity sports.
Smotherman worked at Clemson during the 2011-12 academic year as a graduate assistant under Batson at Clemson. He worked with the football team that year, specifically with the defensive line and linebackers. Clemson won the ACC Championship that season.
Prior to that, he 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 and was a three-year starter for former Head Coach Bobby Johnson, a Clemson graduate. Smotherman was a defensive tackle from 2008-10 and a starter on a Commodore team that won the 2008 Music City Bowl. He made the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2010-11.
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.