Dabo Swinney is the head coach of the Clemson Tigers football team. He took over as head coach midway through the 2008 season, following the resignation of Tommy Bowden. He led the Tigers to national championships in 2016 and 2018. He trails only Frank Howard for the most wins by a head coach in Clemson history.
About Dabo Swinney in brief
Dabo Swinney is the head coach of the Clemson Tigers football team. He took over as head coach midway through the 2008 season, following the resignation of Tommy Bowden. He led the Tigers to national championships in 2016 and 2018. He trails only Frank Howard for the most wins by a head coach in Clemson history. As of April 2019, he is the highest paid coach in the history of college athletics. He 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. He earned a scholarship and lettered on three teams, including the Crimson Crimson Tide’s 1992 National Championship team. In December 1995, he received his MBA from Alabama and became a full-time assistant coach. He sat out the 2001 season while receiving his contractual payments from Alabama. In 2002, he was offered the position of wide receivers coach at Clemson. In 2003, he became the Tigers’ recruiting coordinator. He also coached the ACC-leading receivers and was named one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters in 2007 by Rivals. com. In his first full season at the helm, he achieved several accomplishments, including a 9–5 win over the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 2009, he lost the Gator Bowl to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 26-21. In 2011 and 2012, he produced five top-20 ESPN recruiting classes in a row, including 10 in 2012 and 10 in 2013. In 2014, Clemson was one of 10 schools to be ranked in the top 20 of ESPN’s top 20 recruiting classes for five consecutive years.
He is one of only four active head coaches at the time to accomplish the feat. He has a son, Austin, who is a junior at Clemson and a sophomore at South Carolina State. He previously worked for AIG Baker Real Estate on development projects in Alabama. He received his degree in commerce and business administration in 1993 as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Alabama in 1995. He worked as a strength coach at Alabama from 1995 to 2001. He did not coach from 2001 through February 2003, and instead worked for a company in Birmingham, Alabama. His 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 October 18, in his first game as interim Head Coach, the team lost to Georgia Tech 21-17. On November 1, 2008, he claimed his first victory as Clemson’s head coach by defeating Boston College, breaking Clemson’s six-game losing streak against the Eagles. He 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, Sw inney was formally named as Clemson’s 27th head coach on December 1,2008.