|Title:||Director of Sports Medicine|
|College:||Henderson State, 1969|
In his 41st year at The Citadel, Andy Clawson serves as the college’s first and only director of sports medicine.
Clawson is responsible for the prevention and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries and illnesses for more than 350 cadet-student-athletes in addition to the members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
A highlight of his career came in the summer of 2001 when he was enshrined in the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. Locally, he was recognized with the Charleston Metro Sports Council’s Achievement Award.
Additionally, he was the 1998 recipient of the Fred Hoover Award, the highest sports medicine-related honor given in the state of South Carolina. The Citadel recognized him with the Outstanding Service Award in 1992.
He takes great pride in the successes of his numerous former assistant trainers who have entered the athletic training field on a variety of levels, including professional and collegiate sports, rehabilitation and hospital facilities, among others.
A native of El Dorado, Ark., Clawson received his bachelor's degree from Henderson State in 1969 and earned his master’s degree, also from Henderson State, in 1970. He was recognized by his alma mater in 2002 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
After a brief stint as Henderson State’s athletic trainer in 1969-70, Clawson spent three years as an assistant athletic trainer at Clemson and became The Citadel’s head athletic trainer in 1973.
Clawson has been active in many professional organizations, especially NATA where he twice served as vice president, served on two occasions as a member of its board of directors and twice acting as the District III director. Since 1990, he has served on NATA’s Board of Certification.
He has been on the South Carolina Advisory Committee for Athletic Trainers since 1984 and continues to serve as the state chairman. Clawson also holds membership in the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and The McCue Society.
Generous with his time and popular on the speaking circuit, Clawson served as athletic trainer for the 1976 USA Basketball Team Olympic Trials in Raleigh, N.C., and also volunteered his services for the 1996 Special Olympic World Games, also in Raleigh.
In 2003, Clawson and his staff won the Athletic Training Staff of the Year award from South Carolina’s Athletic Trainer’s Association.
He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of a son, Drew.