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Dabo Swinney
Dabo Swinney
Swinney during a game
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Clemson
Conference ACC
Record 56–25
Biographical details
Born (1969-11-20) November 20, 1969 (age 44)
Birmingham, Alabama
Playing career
1990–1992 Alabama
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993–1995
1996–2000
2003–2008
2008–present
Alabama (GA)
Alabama (WR/TE)
Clemson (Asst HC/WR)
Clemson
Head coaching record
Overall 56–25
Bowls 3–3
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
ACC (2011)
Awards
Bobby Dodd COY (2011)

William Christopher "Dabo" Swinney (born November 20, 1969) is an American football college coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Clemson. He took over the head coaching job at Clemson from Tommy Bowden mid way though the 2008 football season.

Playing career[edit]

Swinney was raised in Helena, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama, where he joined the Crimson Tide football program as a walk-on wide receiver in 1989. He earned a scholarship and lettered on three teams (1990–1992), including the Crimson Tide's 1992 National Championship team. During his time as an undergraduate at Alabama, Swinney was twice named an Academic All-SEC and SEC Scholar Athlete Honor Roll member.[1] He received his degree in commerce & business administration in 1993 as well as a master's degree in business administration from Alabama in 1995.

Coaching career[edit]

Alabama[edit]

In December 1995 he received his M.B.A from Alabama and became a full-time coach for the Crimson Tide, in charge of wide receivers and tight ends.[2] He was fired with all of head coach Mike DuBose's staff in early 2001.[3]

Swinney sat out the 2001 season while receiving his contractual payments from Alabama. His former strength coach at Alabama, Rich Wingo, had become president of Birmingham-based AIG Baker Real Estate and offered him a job. From April 2001 through February 2003, he did not coach and instead worked for AIG Baker Real Estate on development projects in Alabama.[3]

Clemson[edit]

In 2002, his former position coach at Alabama, Tommy Bowden, made an offer for him to join his staff and coach wide receivers at Clemson, and Swinney joined in 2003. He took over as Recruiting Coordinator from popular longtime coordinator Rick Stockstill. Swinney proved to be both an excellent wide receivers coach as well as recruiting coordinator, coaching ACC-leading receivers and being named one of the nation's top 25 recruiters in 2007 by Rivals.com.[3]

Swinney was named the interim head football coach on October 13, 2008, after previous head coach Tommy Bowden resigned six games into the 2008 season.[4] The Tigers had started the year ranked #9 in the preseason polls, but then went 3–3 (1–2 ACC) in their first six games.[5] Swinney was surprised by his promotion since he had been a real estate developer just a few years before. At the time he was informed of his promotion, he was working with the wide receivers on their upcoming game.[6]

With a reputation as a top-notch recruiter, Swinney was chosen over Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning (former head coach of Wyoming), and associate head coach Brad Scott (former head coach of South Carolina).[7] Swinney's first actions as interim head coach were to fire offensive coordinator Rob Spence and introduce a new tradition, the "Tiger Walk", where all players and coaches walk through the parking lot outside Memorial Stadium about two hours before a game as they head inside for final game preparations.[8] On November 1, 2008, Swinney claimed his first victory as the Tigers' head coach by defeating Boston College, breaking Clemson's six-game losing streak against the Eagles. On November 29, 2008, Swinney coached Clemson to a 31–14 win over South Carolina in the annual rivalry game, after which Clemson became bowl eligible. After a vote of confidence from athletic director Terry Don Phillips, Swinney was formally named as Clemson's 27th head coach on December 1, 2008.

Swinney's recruiting reputation became evident when he produced five top-20 ESPN recruiting classes in a row, including top 10 classes in 2011 and 2012.[9] As a result, Clemson is one of only 10 schools to be ranked in the top 20 of recruiting five years in a row (along with LSU, Alabama, Texas, USC, Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma), and Swinney is one of only five active head coaches to ever accomplish the feat, putting him on par with prestigious names such as Nick Saban, Les Miles, Bob Stoops, and Mark Richt.[9]

During the 2009 season, Swinney's first full season at the helm, Clemson finished the season with a record of 9–5, won the Atlantic Division title of the Atlantic Coast Conference, defeated Kentucky 21–13 in the 2009 Music City Bowl, and finished the season ranked in the top 25. On December 1, 2008, Swinney received a five-year contract to become Clemson's full-time head coach.[10][11]

In 2010, Swinney led Clemson to a 6–7 season. Of the 7 losses, 6 were by less than 10 points and 5 were by 6 points or less.

In 2011, Swinney led the Tigers to an 10–3 record that included an ACC Championship, the Tigers' first since 1991. They earned a trip to the Orange Bowl, their first major-bowl appearance since the 1981 national championship season. During a pre-game ESPN interview prior to the 2012 Orange Bowl, Swinney said, "Hopefully when this thing is over, people are going to be talking about the Clemson defense."[12] The comment proved to be prescient as #15 Clemson would go on to lose to the #23 West Virginia Mountaineers, 70–33, conceding an all-time record number of points scored in a quarter (35), half (49) and game (70) in the 109-year history of bowl games.[13] Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was fired after the game.[14]

Part of Swinney's success the past three years was the 2011 offensive coordinator hire of Chad Morris, who was originally seen as a risk as most of his coaching experience had been on the high school level. Morris brought in a fast-paced, up-tempo offense that shattered many Clemson offensive records.[15] Since then, Clemson's offense has averaged over 40 points a game and over 500 yards of total offense a game.[16]

Swinney was the 2011 winner of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, which was established to honor the NCAA Division 1 football coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. The award is named for Bobby Dodd, longtime head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The award was established in 1976 to honor the values that Dodd exemplified.[17]

In 2012, Swinney led Clemson to its first 11-win season since the 1981 national championship year, capping the year off with an upset victory over the #8 LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.[18] The Tigers finished the year at 11-2, ranked 9th in the Coaches Poll and 11th in the AP poll. Swinney was a finalist for the third time in his career for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year.[19]

In 2013, Swinney guided the Tigers to their third 10-win season in a row, the first time since 1989.[20] The highlight regular-season win came against #5 Georgia in the season opener. The Tigers won 38-35. Clemson's two regular season losses were to top 10 opponents, national champion Florida State and South Carolina. The 31-17 loss to the rival Gamecocks was a record fifth straight for the Tigers, the longest winning streak for South Carolina in the series.[21] The completion of the season marked 32 wins over three years for Swinney, the most ever in such a span in Clemson football history.[22] The Tigers received their second BCS bowl bid under Swinney with an invitation to play seventh-ranked Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl.[23] The Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 40-35 to give the Tigers' their third Orange Bowl win in their history and their first BCS bowl victory. The 2013 season marked the first time Clemson had back-to-back 11-win seasons. After the game, Swinney recalled the Tigers' lopsided loss two years before in the Orange Bowl and the team's journey since then. "Hey, listen: Two years ago we got our butts kicked on this field. And it has been a journey to get back. We're 22-4 since that night. And we are the first team from the state of South Carolina to ever win a BCS game," Swinney said.[24] The win was Swinney's fourth victory over a top ten opponent as a head coach. The Tigers finished the season ranked in the top 10 in both polls (#8 in AP, #7 in Coaches), the first such achievement for Swinney as head coach.

Following the season, Swinney agreed to eight-year, $27.15 million contract and guaranteed if Swinney was fired in the next three years.[25]

Personal[edit]

Swinney's nickname was given to him as an infant by his parents when his then-18-month-old brother would try to enunciate "that boy" when referring to Swinney.[26] He married the former Kathleen Bassett in 1994 and has three sons.

While in college at the University of Alabama, Swinney was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.[27]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2008–present)
2008 Clemson 4–3[A 1] 3–2 T–3rd (Atlantic) L Gator
2009 Clemson 9–5 6–2 1st (Atlantic) W Music City 24
2010 Clemson 6–7 4–4 T–4th (Atlantic) L Meineke Car Care
2011 Clemson 10–4 6–2 1st (Atlantic) L Orange 22 22
2012 Clemson 11–2 7–1 T–1st (Atlantic) W Chick-fil-A 9 11
2013 Clemson 11–2 7–1 2nd (Atlantic) W Orange 7 8
2014 Clemson 5–2 4–1 (Atlantic)
Clemson: 56–25 37–13
Total: 56–25
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
  1. ^ Took over midseason from Tommy Bowden, who resigned on October 13, 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clemson University Athletic Department, Dabo Swinney Biography
  2. ^ "Advisory Board". Kevin Turner Foundation. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b c Jon Solomon, Former Alabama player, assistant Dabo Swinney will face beloved Tide on Saturday, The Birmingham News, August 27, 2008, Accessed October 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Clemson's Bowden steps down, Associated Press, October 13, 2008, Accessed October 14, 2008. .
  5. ^ Mark Schlabach, Bowden ousted at Clemson; coach 'deserved' to be fired, QB says, ESPN.com, October 13, 2008, Accessed October 13, 2008.
  6. ^ Heather Dinich, Swinney ready to move forward at 'full speed', ESPN.com, October 14, 2008, Accessed October 14, 2008.
  7. ^ Heather Dinich, Clemson turns to Swinney for remainder of season, ESPN.com, October 13, 2008, Accessed October 13, 2008.
  8. ^ Interim Clemson boss Swinney introduces 'Tiger Walk', Associated Press, October 16, 2008, Accessed October 17, 2008.
  9. ^ a b Adelson, Andrea (2013-02-14). "Clemson now a Top 15 recruiting mainstay". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  10. ^ "Clemson promotes interim coach Swinney to permanent job with 5-year deal". Associated Press. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  11. ^ "Dabo Swinney Named Clemson Head Coach". thetigernet.com. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  12. ^ Chick-fil-A Bowl 2012: Les Miles and Dabo Swinney's 5 Best Presser Moments
  13. ^ "West Virginia routs Clemson in record-setting Orange Bowl". ESPN. Associated Press. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  14. ^ Dinich, Heather (2012-01-12). "Kevin Steele out at Clemson". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  15. ^ "Chad Morris Biography". Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site. 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  16. ^ Wallace, Greg (2013-12-23). "Clemson Football: How Has Chad Morris' Offense Evolved in the Last 3 Years?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  17. ^ "Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation - Past Winners". Bobby Dodd Foundation. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  18. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Clemson Tigers - Recap - December 31, 2012". ESPN. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  19. ^ "Dabo Swinney Biography". Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  20. ^ "2013 Clemson Football Media Guide & Supplement". Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  21. ^ South Carolina makes it five in a row against Clemson
  22. ^ Lassan, Steven (2013-12-09). "Ranking All 35 College Football Bowls for 2013: From Must-See to Must-Miss". AthlonSports.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  23. ^ Brenner, Aaron (2013-12-08). "SOLID ORANGE: No. 12 Clemson or No. 7 Ohio State will redeem themselves in Orange Bowl clash". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  24. ^ "Clemson Tigers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - Recap - January 03, 2014". ESPN. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  25. ^ "Clemson, coach Dabo Swinney agree on eight-year, $27.15 million contract." SportsIllustrated.com. Retrieved 2014-Jan-18.
  26. ^ Paul Strelow, Family Tides break upon Clemson coach, TheState.com, August 20, 2008, Accessed October 12, 2008.
  27. ^ "THE PI KAPPA ALPHA FRATERNITY". pikes.org. 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:45:00 -0700

Dabo Swinney, who steers the football ship at Clemson, insists his Tigers will have a handful on Saturday night in Death Valley when the Syracuse Orange come calling. "That's not a crazy statement," he said this morning, "in any form or fashion." (AP ...
 
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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:52:30 -0700

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:18:45 -0700

Syracuse football coach Scott Shafer calls Dabo Swinney swear out last year 'water over the dam'. shafer swinney.jpg. Syracuse coach Scott Shafer (right) shakes hands with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney following the Tigers' 49-14 win against the Orange ...

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... beginning to take the issue a little more seriously. Clemson Tigers' coach Dabo Swinney is at the forefront of awareness campaign. Swinney spoke with USA Football to discuss the importance of teaching proper fundamentals, in order to keep players safe.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:03:45 -0700

When Boston College hosts No. 24 Clemson Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division showdown at Alumni Stadium, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said he will face unchartered waters. Swinney will start senior backup Cole Stoudt, who had ...

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The Courier-Journal
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 03:18:45 -0700

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his Tigers got their fourth win of the season in rather thrilling fashion, holding off a frenetic Louisville drive in the final minute and winning 23-17 at Memorial Stadium. Here's what Swinney had to say after the game ...

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Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:37:30 -0700

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was emotional and fired up when talking about his team's winning effort in a postgame interview from Saturday. Too bad no one was listening to a word he said. That's because Swinney was videobombed — not so subtly ...
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