Turnipseed joins Clemson Football Staff


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Clemson, SC--Thad Turnipseed has joined the Clemson Football office as Director of Recruiting/External Affairs. Head Coach Dabo Swinney made the announcement on Thursday. Turnipseed will work closely with Swinney, Jeff Scott, and his staff in terms of the organization of all recruiting activities.

Turnipseed comes to Clemson after spending the last 11 years at the University of Alabama where he started as Director of Capital Projects, designing and overseeing over $200 million in athletic projects. Some of these projects included two endzone expansions and $40 million of improvement to the football facility. He ended his career as the Associate Athletic Director for Special Projects while serving as Nick Saban’s Director of Football External Affairs.

Turnipseed earned a B.A. degree from the University of Alabama in political science in 1995, with a double minor in geology and general business. He was a member of the Crimson Tide football team from 1990-92 and became a student assistant coach with the team from 1993-95 after an injury. He and Swinney were both members of Alabama’s 1992 National Championship team and were on the same coaching staff between 1993-95.

Prior to joining the staff at Alabama, Turnipseed was project manager at Beaver Construction from 1995-97, and owner of Calvary Construction and Calvary Flooring from 1997-2003.

Turnipseed is married to the former Melissa Nix, and has three daughters: Mallory, Marian and Marlee and a son, Lee.

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