- Dabo Swinney
Dabo Swinney Swinney running down the hill before a game in 2008. Sport(s) Football Current position Title Head coach Team Clemson Conference ACC Record 28–17 Biographical details Born November 20, 1969 Place of birth Birmingham, Alabama Playing career 1990–1992 Alabama Position(s) Wide receiver Coaching career (HC unless noted) 1993–1995
Clemson (Asst HC/WR)
Head coaching record Overall 28–17 Bowls 1–2 Statistics College Football Data Warehouse
Swinney was raised in Pelham, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama, where he joined the Crimson Tide football program as a walk-on wide receiver in 1989. Swinney 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, he was twice named an Academic All-SEC and SEC Scholar Athlete Honor Roll member. He received his degree in commerce & business administration in 1993. He also received a master's degree in business administration from Alabama in 1995.
After graduation, Swinney joined the Alabama coaching staff as a graduate assistant, serving from 1993–1995. In December 1995 he received his M.B.A from Alabama and became a full-time coach of the Crimson Tide, in charge of wide receivers and tight ends. He was fired with all of head coach Mike DuBose's staff in early 2001.
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.
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. In January 2007, he was approached by new Alabama head coach Nick Saban about rejoining the Crimson Tide, but Swinney opted to stay with the Tigers.
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. 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. Swinney was surprised by his promotion; at the time he was informed he was working with the wide receivers on their upcoming game.
With a reputation as a top-notch recruiter enjoying a good rapport with both boosters and the media, 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. 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. On November 1, 2008, Swinney claimed his first victory as the Tigers' head coach by defeating Boston College, breaking Clemson's 50 year winless streak (totaling 6 games over that span of years) 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, and the Swinney's interim status was removed. 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.
In 2010, Swinney came under fire after leading Clemson to a 6-7 season, including a second consecutive loss to rival South Carolina, 29-7 in the home finale at Death Valley. The Tigers followed that performance with a loss to South Florida in the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Swinney's nickname was given to him as an infant by his parents when his then-15-month-old brother would try to enunciate "that boy" when referring to Swinney. He married the former Kathleen Bassett in 1994 and has three sons.
Swinney's desk at Clemson features a sign that notes "There is nothing less important than the score at halftime." While in college at the University of Alabama, Swinney was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Head coaching record
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP° Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2008–present) 2008 Clemson 4–3* 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 9–2 6–2 1st (Atlantic) Clemson: 28–17 19–10 Total: 28–17 National Championship Conference Title Conference Division Title †Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- – Took over midseason from Tommy Bowden, who resigned on Oct. 13, 2008.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Clemson's Bowden steps down, Associated Press, October 13, 2008, Accessed October 14, 2008. .
- ^ Mark Schlabach, Bowden ousted at Clemson; coach 'deserved' to be fired, QB says, ESPN.com, October 13, 2008, Accessed October 13, 2008.
- ^ a b Heather Dinich, Swinney ready to move forward at 'full speed', ESPN.com, October 14, 2008, Accessed October 14, 2008.
- ^ Heather Dinich, Clemson turns to Swinney for remainder of season, ESPN.com, October 13, 2008, Accessed October 13, 2008.
- ^ Interim Clemson boss Swinney introduces 'Tiger Walk', Associated Press, October 16, 2008, Accessed October 17, 2008.
- ^ "Clemson promotes interim coach Swinney to permanent job with 5-year deal". Associated Press. 2008-12-01. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3737689. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- ^ "Dabo Swinney Named Clemson Head Coach". thetigernet.com. 2008-12-01. http://www.thetigernet.com/view/story.do?id=7609. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- ^ Paul Strelow, Family Tides break upon Clemson coach, TheState.com, August 20, 2008, Accessed October 14, 2008.
Clemson Tigers head football coaches
Walter Riggs (1896) • William M. Williams (1897) • John Penton (1898) • Walter Riggs (1899) • John Heisman (1900–1903) • Shack Shealy (1904) • Eddie Cochems (1905) • Bob Williams (1906) • Frank Shaughnessy (1907) • John N. Stone (1908) • Bob Williams (1909) • Frank Dobson (1910–1912) • Bob Williams (1913–1915) • Wayne Hart (1916) • Edward Donahue (1917–1920) • E. J. Stewart (1921–1922) • Bud Saunders (1923–1926) • Josh Cody (1927–1930) • Jess Neely (1931–1939) • Frank Howard (1940–1969) • Hootie Ingram (1970–1972) • Red Parker (1973–1976) • Charley Pell (1977–1978) • Danny Ford (1979–1989) • Ken Hatfield (1990–1993) • Tommy West (1993–1998) • Tommy Bowden (1999–2008) • Dabo Swinney (2008– )
Current head football coaches of the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division Coastal Division Alabama Crimson Tide Football 1992 Consensus National Champions
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Dabo (disambiguation) — Dabo may refer to: Dabo, Japanese hip hop artist Dabo (Star Trek), game of chance shown in Star Trek Dabo, Mali, commune in Mali Dabo, Moselle, commune of the Moselle département, in France Dabo Swinney, American football coach Dabotap, pagoda… … Wikipedia
Clemson Tigers football — Current season … Wikipedia
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football — Coastal Carolina Chanticleers First season 2003 Head coach David Bennett … Wikipedia
Clemson Tigers — University Clemson University Conference(s) Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA Div … Wikipedia
Clemson Tigers football, 1896–1899 — Clemson s first football team The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1896–1899 represented Clemson Agricultural College in college football competition. Professor Walter Riggs brought the game to Clemson from his alma mater, Auburn, where he was a… … Wikipedia
Clemson Tigers football, 1900–1909 — Coach John Heisman turned Clemson into a Southern football powerhouse The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1900–1909 represented Clemson Agricultural College in college football competition. Contents 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 … Wikipedia
Clemson Tigers football, 1910–1919 — The inauguration of Riggs Field in 1915 The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1910–1919 represented Clemson Agricultural College in NCAA college football competition. Contents 1910 1911 1912 … Wikipedia
Clemson Tigers football, 1920–1929 — The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1920–1929 represented Clemson Agricultural College in NCAA college football competition. Contents 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1920 … Wikipedia
Clemson Tigers football, 1930–1939 — The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1930–1939 represented Clemson Agricultural College in NCAA college football competition. Contents 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1930 … Wikipedia
Clemson Tigers football, 1940–1949 — The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1940–1949 represented Clemson Agricultural College in NCAA college football competition. Contents 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1940 … Wikipedia