A former assistant coach and player at Clemson for Alabama head coach Todd Bramble, Tatum Clowney joined the Crimson Tide staff as an assistant coach in December of 2007.
Clowney enters her fifth season on the Crimson Tide bench alongside Bramble in 2012. She is involved in every aspect of the program, including scouting opponents and day-to-day operations. Off the field, her main responsibilities include evaluating and recruiting players and video analysis. She also holds her premier coaching license.
"Having Tatum join me on the Alabama staff has been extremely important to our transition here," Bramble said. "Her familiarity with my philosophies enhance my belief that organization and attention to detail are imperative to the success of the student-athletes, on and off the field."
Clowney, who also was an assistant coach at Charleston Southern University (2004-05) in Charleston, S.C., and at Converse College (2003) in Spartanburg, S.C., continues a long association with Bramble that dates to her playing days at Clemson. Clowney spent two seasons as a full-time assistant under Bramble at Clemson. She was a volunteer assistant for Bramble and the Tigers in 2006 and was promoted to a full-time position for the 2007 season. Clowney played for the Tigers from 1998-2001, when Bramble was an assistant coach for the men's team (through 1998) and was the head coach of the Tigers her last season of action (2001).
"In all the various responsibilities that are thrown at assistant coaches, Tatum is competent at everything," says Bramble. "She relates well with the players, is a great mentor, understands tactics and can teach technique. Tatum is on the fast-track in this profession and I am fortunate to be able to have her on my staff during this crucial period that will determine the success we have in the future."
"The opportunity to continue my coaching career with Todd Bramble was an important factor behind my decision to join the staff at Alabama," says Clowney. "I was very excited to join an institution with such a rich athletic tradition, top-notch facilities and great university support. The atmosphere in Tuscaloosa provides the same type of family atmosphere that our coaching staff seeks to build with our team."
Clowney has enjoyed a high level of success as both player and a coach. She was a member of the Clemson team from 1998-2001, a period during which the Lady Tigers had some of their most successful seasons, advancing to the NCAA round of 16 all four years, reaching the quarterfinals twice (1999 and 2000) and winning the school's first ACC title. Clemson finished that season ranked fifth nationally in the final NSCAA poll.
Clowney scored 10 goals and recorded 18 assists during her career. The 18 assists in 77 career games ranked ninth in Clemson history. She was named the team's most improved player as a sophomore in 1999. She was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2001 and 2002. She also received the ACC Top Six Award for her dedication to community service. Clowney was a member of the Region III South Team that won a gold medal in the 2001 Olympic Festival in Chicago, and was a member of the National "B" team player pool in 2001. She played professionally for the Charlotte Speed in 1999 and the Atlanta Classics in 2000 and 2001.
Clowney also has been a standout as a coach and recruiter. In two years at Charleston Southern, she helped bring in that program's most decorated recruiting class. Soccer Buzz ranked the 2005 Buccaneers' recruiting class as the best in the Big South Conference and ranked the group in the top 25 regionally. While in Charleston, Clowney also coached the Mount Pleasant Soccer Club team.
Clowney has served on the coaching staff for the state of South Carolina's Olympic Development Program, the Alabama ODP and on the Region III staff. She also has worked with various clubs throughout South Carolina and Alabama.
A native of Greenville, S.C., and a graduate of Eastside High School, Clowney graduated from Clemson with honors in 2002, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. In 2005, she earned a Master's degree in education from Charleston Southern.