Kaitlyn Cunningham is in her first season with the women’s basketball program as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Cunningham spent the previous two seasons working with the rowing and women’s soccer programs at Clemson.
“Coach Cunningham is one of the great young strength and conditioning coaches in the nation, and what she was able to accomplish with the resurgence women’s soccer program, is exciting for what we are trying to do,” said Smith. “She brings a tremendous amount of energy and will challenge our student-athletes daily, and we are thrilled to have her with us.”
“I am excited to work with this group of student-athletes,” said Cunningham. “I think there are so many new faces that I get to be a part of the change of the culture, which I have experience with. I enjoy seeing the kids grow from freshmen with wide eyes to seniors that understand the ways, and I can help get this program back to its high standards.”
Cunningham, a 2010 graduate from the University of Kansas, was a four-year letterwinner as a soccer player for the Jayhawks. She also spent time as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Illinois before coming to Clemson.
“This whole staff across the board is all about work ethic. We understand that kids aren’t going to be perfect, but we need to see the effort. Some of them are still young and don’t know the college realm. I am excited about coach Smith’s philosophy, and I think that will be exciting - the staff’s energy is great, so I think I fit in very well.”
Cunningham moved over to women’s basketball after the women’s soccer team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in November. In addition to coordinating and directing in-season and offseason training regimens, Cunningham also oversees meal planning and nutrition for each individual on the team.