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Danny Poole

Position: Director of Sports Medicine; Football

Phone: 864-656-2113


Danny Poole is in his 21st season as Clemson’s director of sports medicine in 2021, and a veteran of more than 30 years at Clemson. He supervises a department that attends to the athletic training needs of over 500 athletes. He directs a staff of eight full-time athletic trainers, nine graduate assistants and approximately 16 undergraduates.

Poole is a veteran of 40 years of full-time experience in the field. He served as the head athletic trainer for the Carolina Chargers of the American Football Association (1979). In 1980, he became an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Memphis. He came to Clemson in January 1984.

Poole is a graduate of Western Carolina University, with a degree in health and physical education in 1979. In Cullowhee, he was published in the NATA Journal in 1979 for the “D.P. Method for Blisters.” He added a master’s degree in health education from Memphis.

Poole was honored in 2001 by his peers with the Athletic Trainer’s Service Award, presented by NATA to role models and leaders in the field. In 2010, he was named president of the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Medicine Association and served two terms in that capacity. He also served on the advisory board for several knee brace companies.

He earned the Fred Hoover Award of Excellence in 2010 by the South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association, which is considered the Hall of Fame for SCATA.

Poole is from Charlotte, N.C., and is a graduate of West Mecklenburg High School, where he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2019. He married the former Beth Morgan of Clemson. The couple has two daughters and son-in-laws, Jacqui Rice (Greg) of Clemson and Abby White (Andrew) of Moncks Corner. The couple has four grandchildren: Finley and Emmie Rice, and Skylar and Carter White.