Allison Waymyers has a plethora of experience in the education, nonprofit, and corporate arenas. With over a decade working in sports, and five years in education reform, Allison understands how to overcome obstacles, (particularly as a woman). She has worked in higher education in development, as a professor, and as a career director. Allison also has five years of experience in the energy procurement sector. She managed two one billion dollar facilities, and negotiated multi - million dollar projects for nuclear, gas, and fossil hydro facilities. She was also the youngest President for the S.C. chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. Her work as a lobbyist gave her frontline knowledge of obstacles in education. She has deep roots to urban and rural educators and administrators nationwide, and has been a proponent for education reform. In development she has raised millions of dollars and secured major partnerships, developed media strategies, and rebranded multiple projects. She has transformed every entity she's worked for by creating policies and challenging the status quo. She has created Lunch Buddy programs, STEM mentor programs, Lego Robotics teams, secured major partnerships for nonprofits and enjoys being a mentor for people of all ages.
Allison relocated to South Carolina, after graduating from Clifton J. Ozen High School in Beaumont, TX. This is where her love of football and sports began. She began her athletic career as a Football Assistant for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks in 2001. At the age of seventeen she was responsible for allocating autographed items for community service purposes. She met with Head Coach Lou Holtz and presented ideas to enhance the recruiting experience for student-athletes and their families. This included spending more time with position coaches, dorm tours, and increased time with academic staff. These changes led to the program being ranked top 10 by ESPN, and the Gamecocks selected Allison as Recruiter of the Year. Allison was a Recruiting Hostess for three years and recruited the #1 Runningback in the country, and the #3 Quarterback in the nation.
Senior year, in 2004 Allison interned for the Carolina Panthers in the Marketing Dept. Head Coach John Fox allowed her to shadow his scouting team, and select "Fans of the Game" to be included in Madden Games. In 2005, Allison worked for the Charlotte Bobcats as a Guest Relations Rep. to enhance the Game Day experience for V.I.P. guests of Michael Jordan and suite attendees. From 2005 - 2007, Allison worked Masters Week at Augusta National Golf Club. She managed the clubhouse tent interns, and was the first African-American selected to do so.
In 2016 Coach Swinney opened a position as Director of Career & Professional Development for the Clemson Football team. Out of 100 applicants, Allison made history as the first female hired in a leadership role. She was the only woman in staff meetings, and experienced a National Championship her first season. She ran the 5TH QUARTER program, which prepared players for career placement. She created the first mircro-internship opportunity, partnering with Adobe in her first year. She created professional development programs including social media training, LinkedIn tutorials, mock interviews, and the first Hire a Tiger career fair. She placed her inaugural graduating class on the NASDAQ board in Times Square, for free to promote the image of young men in caps and gowns. The subsequent year, she grew the micro-internship program to include companies like RaceTrac, Cisco, Bunty LLC, and collaborated with University of Georgia. ESPN captured this momentum, as the Clemson Football team now had over 25% of the team participated in summer activities such as internships and international service activities.
Allison also participated in and launched the inaugural international service trip to Haiti in her first year to donate shoes for children. She took the team to Costa Rica the second year to build homes for families. Now Allison is excited to launch her own sports management and career consulting firm, assisting athletes in transition, and young professionals alike at Spry Players Group, LLC.
Allison has been a member of the Junior League, Leadership Columbia, and the Institute of Supply Management. She's been on the board of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, S.C. Science Academy Board, and remains on the board of Racing Toward Diversity. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Allison Waymyers is now at her alma mater, the University of South Carolina. She is the inaugural Director of Graduate Career Education at the Moore School of Business, leading the Masters of International Business students.
EDUCATION & HONORS
2005 U.S.C. Football Recruiter of the Year
2005 B.S. - Marketing with International Business Specialization and Spanish Minor, University of South Carolina
2011 Graduate of United Way’s Blueprint for Leadership Program
2012 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Richland County Alumnae Chapter’s Phenomenal Woman on the Move Finalist
2012 M.A. – Organizational Change and Leadership, Columbia College
2013 The State Newspaper’s Top 20 Under 40
2013 National Council of Negro Women Living the Legacy Award
2014 Black Expo South’s Top 40 Under 40