GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Adam Smotherman is Furman's new assistant director of strength training and conditioning, director David Abernethy has announced.
Smotherman, who spent the last year as a graduate assistant strength training and conditioning coach at Clemson, worked with Abernethy in the Tiger program prior to Abernethy's appointment as Furman's new director of strength training and conditioning earlier this summer.
A native of Smyrna, Tenn., and former 5A all-state and Tennessee Lineman of the Year selection out of Smyrna High School, he has strong ties to current Furman football coach Bruce Fowler, having started for three years as a defensive tackle at Vanderbilt during Fowler's tenure there as an assistant coach. As a sophomore in 2008 he tallied four tackles in the Commodores' 16-14 victory over Boston College in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl and, as a senior, was elected team captain and representative to the leadership council by his teammates. He captured Vanderbilt's Ironman Lineman Award three times, Lifter of the Year twice, and was the recipient of the program's Football's Dedication Award in 2010, his senior year.
He was awarded a B.S. degree in secondary education and history in the spring of 2011. After serving as a intern in Vanderbilt's strength training and conditioning program in the winter and spring of 2011, he accepted the graduate assistant's position at Clemson.
Smotherman, who is nearing completion of a master's degree in youth development leadership from Clemson, is certified by USA Weightlifting as a Sport Performance Coach.