Nutrition is an important, and often overlooked, component of a student-athlete’s success. Clemson University houses four full-time sports dietitians to assist Clemson student-athletes in their quest for success in both academics and athletics. Being adequately fueled can assist student-athletes in their ability to practice and train at their best, and keep them focused in the classroom and in film sessions. Proper nutrition can ensure student-athletes have the nutrients available should an injury or illness occur, preparing them for a quicker, stronger recovery.
Focusing on a daily performance diet can keep Clemson student-athletes fueled, healthy and ready to take on their competition. Clemson University Sports Nutrition is a division of the Clemson University Athletic Department’s Student-Athlete Wellness & Development department that focuses on taking a holistic approach in the care of the student-athlete.
The Clemson Sports Nutrition Department educates, counsels, and fuels Clemson student-athletes utilizing best evidence-based practice to promote optimal athletic and academic performance, injury prevention, and overall health and wellness now and in the future.
The Clemson University Athletic Department emphasizes “academic, athletic, personal, professional, and social development excellence” of the student-athlete and the Clemson Sports Nutrition Department plays an important role in achieving that standard. The Clemson Sports Nutrition Department is a part of Student-Athlete Wellness and Development, a department that thrives on taking a holistic approach in the care of the student-athlete. Nutrition is an important, yet often overlooked, component of a student-athlete’s success. Being adequately fueled can assist student-athletes in their ability to practice and train at their best, and keep them focused in the classroom, film sessions, and other programs. Proper nutrition can also ensure student-athletes have the nutrients available should an injury or illness occur, preparing them for a quicker, stronger recovery.
The Clemson Sports Nutrition Department strives to provide student-athletes with valuable nutrition knowledge via individual counseling, team educational presentations, handouts, and/or e-resources to assist them with: choosing foods for optimal athletic performance; eating well for greater concentration in the classroom; consuming foods that assist with injury prevention and/or recovery; cooking and shopping skills; supporting body composition goals to optimize performance and promote health, individualized to each student athlete; making informed decisions regarding supplement use; and overall understanding of how nutrition affects health, wellness, and athletic performance. Our goal is to support Clemson student-athletes with education and fueling assistance during their time at Clemson, while also teaching these valuable lessons that they can use for a lifetime. Encouraging Clemson student-athletes to take ownership of choosing foods to fuel their athletic and academic performance; enjoying a nutritious, balanced diet; and creating a healthy relationship with food are our main objectives.
What We Do:
Paul Harrington, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, CSCS
Director of Football Nutrition
Originally from: Seminole, FL (Tampa Bay area)
Alma mater: Florida and Auburn
Favorite sport to play: Played soccer & ran track
Favorite non-Clemson sports/teams: Watching former athletes I have worked with in all sports competing on various professional & national teams
Top 3 Favorite Foods: Italian, BBQ, & Asian
Favorite non-sport hobby: Working on cars
Caitlin Davis, MS, RD, LD
Coordinator of Olympic Sports Nutrition
Originally from: Greenville, SC
Alma mater: Clemson (BS), Florida State (MS)
Teams: Olympic Sports
Favorite sport to play: Snowboarding… I’m not very good though
Favorite non-Clemson sports/teams: Snowboarding, Hockey, Weightlifting, Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Luge, Speed Skating, Gymnastics (No specific teams, except TEAM USA!!!)
Top 3 Favorite Foods: Sweet potato crunch/soufflé; any type of Mexican food; anything that is extremely rich and chocolatey (I love me some chocolate)
Favorite non-sport hobby: Baking (putting my Food Science degree to work!)
Stacey Potter, MS, RD, LD