CLEMSON, S.C – RICARDO HOOPER has been named an Athletic Counselor in Clemson’s Student-Athlete Enrichment Program. Hooper will oversee athletic counseling for the men’s basketball, men’s tennis, and volleyball teams.
Hooper comes to Clemson after teaching Economics and World Geography at South Atlanta High School during the past academic year.
His career as an athletic counselor began at Arkansas in 1993 where he served as Academic Coordinator until 1995. As a part of the Razorback program, he assisted with student-life and residence hall support as well as evaluating initial eligibility requirements of prospective student-athletes in coordination with compliance officials.
Hooper also has experience working with college athletic facilities as he served as Arkansas’ Athletic Facilities Coordinator from 1995-96. Before accepting the teaching position in Atlanta, he was Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations at Cincinnati from 1996-97.
Hooper spent 1990-93 as a coach, first serving as a graduate assistant coach at Clemson (1990-91) and later as an assistant coach at Nicholls State (1991-93). At Nicholls, Hooper was responsible for the wide receivers and special teams.
The Atlanta, GA native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in communications from Clemson in 1988. He later went on to earn a master’s in Planning from Clemson in 1990 and is a Doctoral Candidate in Higher Education-Administration at Arkansas.
As a wide receiver, Hooper lettered on three Clemson teams (1986-88) after joining the squad as a walk-on. During that time, he had 40 career receptions for an average of 14.1 yards per catch. Three of his 40 catches were for touchdowns and he had at least one reception in each of Clemson’s bowl wins over Stanford (1986 Gator), Penn State (1988 Citrus), and Oklahoma (1989 Citrus).
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