|Position:||Director of Sports Medicine|
Danny Poole is in his 19th season as Clemson’s director of sports medicine, and a veteran of more than 30 years at Clemson. He supervises a department that attends to the athletic training needs of over 500 athletes. He directs a staff of 8 full-time athletic trainers, nine graduate assistants and approximately 16 undergraduates.
Poole has more than 35 years of full-time experience in the field. He served as the head athletic trainer for the Carolina Chargers of the American Football Association (1979). In 1980, he became an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Memphis. He came to Clemson in January 1984.
Poole is a graduate of Western Carolina University, with a degree in health and physical education in 1979. In Cullowhee, he was published in the NATA Journal in 1979 for the “D.P. Method for Blisters.” He added a master’s degree in health education from Memphis.
Poole was honored in 2001 by his peers with the Athletic Trainer’s Service Award, presented by NATA to role models and leaders in the field. In 2010, he was named president of the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Medicine Association and served two terms in that capacity. He also served on the advisory board for several knee brace companies.
He earned the Fred Hoover Award of Excellence in 2010 by the South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association, which is considered the Hall of Fame for SCATA.
Poole is from Charlotte, N.C., and is a graduate of West Mecklenburg High School. He married the former Beth Morgan of Clemson. The couple has two daughters and son-in-laws, Jacqui Rice (Greg) of Summerville and Abby White (Andrew) of Goose Creek. A first grandchild, Finley Grace, was born in August 2015 to Jacqui and Greg. A second grandchild, Skylar Blair, was born in November 2016 to Abby and Andrew.