William Christopher Swinney (born November 20th, 1969), also addressed as Dabo Swinney, is an American college football coach. He is currently the head coach at Clemson University.
He has also served as an assistant coach for the team. He eventually signed a multimillion-dollar contract to become the head coach at Clemson University.
After joining the Tigers midway through the season, Dabo Swinney worked hard to position himself as one of Clemson’s famous coaches. He led the club to its second national championship in school history.
|Full Name:||William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney|
|Stage Name:||Dabo Swinney|
|Born:||20 November 1969 (age 52 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Parents:||Carol McIntosh, Ervil Swinney|
|Children:||Will Swinney, Clay Swinney, Drew Swinney|
|Wife • Spouse:||Kathleen Bassett (m. 1994)|
|Girlfriend • Partner:||N/A|
|Occupation:||Coach • Footballer|
|Net Worth:||US$20 million|
On November 20, 1969, Dabo Swinney was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Ervil and Carol Swinney.
His 18-month-old older brother gave him the nickname ‘Dabo‘ after attempting to call him ‘The boy,’ which sounded like ‘Da Bo.’
He has a sibling named Henry Swinney.
Will Swinney, Clay Swinney, and Drew Swinney, Dabo Swinney‘s three sons, are his children and Kathleen Bassett‘s.
He got married to his lovely wife, Kathleen Bassett in 1994.
Dabo Swinney attended the University of Alabama and played football there. He began his football career with the Alabama Crimson Tide and later got a scholarship the year after.
During his time at the University of Alabama, he was selected Academic All-SEC and a member of the SEC Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll twice.
He graduated with a degree in commerce and business administration and got a master’s degree in business administration in 1995.
After finishing his education, Dabo Swinney joined the Crimson Tide as a full-time coach.
When head coach Mike DuBose and his backroom staff were fired in 2001, he relieved his duties. As a result, Dabo Swinney received his contractual payments from the club for the rest of the year.
Rich Wingo, his old coach, offered him a job at Birmingham-based AIG Baker Real Estate. He accepted the job offer and stayed at the company for two years.
His former Alabama position coach, Tommy Bowden, offered him the position as an assistant coach at Clemson, which he accepted.
In 2003, he took over Rick Stockstill‘s position as Recruiting Coordinator.
Dabo Swinney was named interim head coach at Clemson after Tommy Bowden quit after only six games into the 2008 season.
When he took over, the squad was languishing at #9, but they did well to go 3-3 in their first six games.
Dabo Swinney was picked for the head coach position over other candidates such as Vic Koenning, Clemson’s defensive coordinator, and Brad Scott, South Carolina’s previous head coach, due to his exceptional recruiting skills.
Dabo Swinney was awarded the vote of confidence by athletic director Terry Don Phillips and was assigned the formal role of head coach after a string of outstanding outcomes, including a 31–14 win against South Carolina in the annual rivalry game.
Dabo Swinney proved his naysayers wrong in his first entire season as Clemson won the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 9–5 (6–2 ACC) record and a 6–2 ACC record.
Clemson finished the regular season 6–6 (4–4 in the ACC) in 2010, which was not a good year for him. Clemson was also defeated by the Florida State Seminoles.
The fans targeted Swinney and athletic director Terry Don Phillips, who wanted their dismissal. Phillips, though, gave him another season’s worth of support and kept him, much to the chagrin of the supporters.
Clemson made another risky move when they hired Chad Morris, a high school coach, as their offensive coordinator.
This was also a wise decision, as he introduced a new high-tempo offensive approach to Clemson’s games, which helped the squad set multiple records.
Dabo Swinney led Clemson to its third consecutive 10-win season in 2013, including a 38–35 victory against Georgia.
Dabo Swinney also set a Clemson football record with 32 victories in three years, the most by any coach in school history. The Tigers won their third Orange Bowl and their first BCS bowl triumph by defeating seventh-ranked Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl.
Dabo Swinney proceeded to break records in 2015, finishing the season with a 14-1 record, an ACC championship, and a trip to the national championship game, where his team was defeated by Alabama.
He led his team to a 45-37 victory over #8 North Carolina in the ACC title game and a 37-17 win over #4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.
- Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (2011)
- ACC Coach of the Year (2015)
- Home Depot Coach of the Year (2015)
- Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2015)
- George Munger Award (2015)
- Paul “Bear” Bryant Award is among the many honors bestowed upon Dabo Swinney (2015).
According to a report, Dabo Swinney is believed to have a net worth of US$20 million.
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