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.
Our goal as a Sports Nutrition Department is to help Student-Athletes excel. Excel in being a student first, then an athlete – a student learning how to succeed in the classroom, weight room, dining hall, on the court/field, and after leaving Clemson. Just like any activity, nutrition takes practice. We strive to educate all athletes on proper nutrition by inspiring positive relationships with food, enhancing performance with fuel and recovery, and developing cooking and shopping skills for when they leave the university. Clemson’s Olympic Sports Nutrition Program is a comprehensive competitive advantage shaping each student-athlete through consistent nutrition presence, practice, and education to make elite and successful student-athletes and Individuals.
From Grand Rapids, MI, studied Dietetics and played water polo at Michigan State University. Then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship, Masters of Science in Exercise Science, and Masters of Science in Nutrition at SUNY at Buffalo. In 2015, became a Registered Dietitian working with the Buffalo Football Team and two private facilities. Since then she has interned with Tulsa University, been the Assistant & Interim Director of Sports Nutrition at University of Illinois, and been the Director of Sports Nutrition at Oregon State University. In 2019, Christina was brought on to be at Clemson Tiger and the Director of Olympic Sports Nutrition.
Oversees all Olympic Sports; however, majority works with Baseball, Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, Men’s & Women’s Track & Field/XC, and Men’s & Women’s Golf.
From Greenville, SC, studied Health Promotion & Wellness at North Greenville University. Then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship and Masters of Public Health in Nutritional Sciences at University of Michigan. After becoming a Registered Dietitian in 2018, she worked as Performance Nutrition Fellow at University of Michigan. In Summer of 2019, Kaleigh became a Clemson Tiger and the Assistant Director of Olympic Sports Nutrition.
Oversees Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s & Women’s Tennis, and Rowing.