Allison Waymyers was named Director of Career & Professional Development just prior to the beginning of the 2016 season and is significantly involved in the development and execution of Clemson’s one-of-a-kind player development initiative, P.A.W. (Passionate About Winning) Journey.
“We’re excited to have Allison join our staff,” said head coach Dabo Swinney. “Everything about our program is about what’s best for our players and helping them reach their potential on and off the field, and I have no doubt that Allison will make a huge impact toward our goal of helping our players with their career and professional development. Her experience and passion are exactly what we needed for our 5th Quarter program to help guide our players on their paths after football.”
The P.A.W. Journey cultivates leadership in student-athletes through personal growth, life skills and professional development to prepare them for life after Clemson. The journey prepares each young man to be the example by sustaining a lifestyle of winning.
Waymyers leads the 5TH Quarter Program, which is the career and professional development area. The 5TH Quarter focuses on ensuring each athlete successfully catapults into their next phase of life whether the focus is on entering the N.F.L., or pursuing purposeful employment.
“Success is the expectation as each man prepares to excel in the next phase of life,” Waymyers said. “I am a change agent who transforms the lives of our men by strategizing their trajectory of success. We empower our student-athletes to thrive off the field in the biggest game of all…LIFE.”
Waymyers has a diverse 10 years of experience in athletics working with the NFL, the NBA and Augusta National Golf Club. She created an inaugural course called “Paradigm Shift: Women Leading in Men’s Sports” and was an adjunct instructor this summer at Columbia College. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in marketing with a specialization in international business and minor in Spanish, and her master’s in organizational change & leadership from Columbia College.
Recognized in 2012 as a Top 20 Under 40 in The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., she is a Leadership Columbia graduate and has been a leader on numerous boards such as the United Way of the Midlands, S.C. Science Academy, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and the youngest President in history of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.
She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Junior League of Columbia. She and her husband William have one son, Trey.
“Allison is a tremendous addition to Clemson University and the P.A.W. Journey team,” said Jeff Davis. “She has been embraced by our student-athletes and has made an immediate impact with her passion, experience, and unique skillset. The 5th Quarter, the career and professional development pillar of the P.A.W. Journey, will benefit from her leadership and guidance, empowering our student-athletes for a lifestyle of winning.”
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