Dabo Swinney

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Dabo Swinney

William Christopher "Dabo" Swinney has been named Clemson University’s 25th Head Football Coach as of December 1, 2008. He had been serving as the Interim Head Coach since October 13, 2008, when Tommy Bowden announced his resignation and left the team. Dabo joined the Clemson staff in 2003 as its Wide Receiver & Tight End Coach.


Dabo was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 20, 1969 and grew up in Pelham Alabama. He got his nickname as an infant when his 15-month old brother kept trying to say “that boy” but it kept coming out as Dabo and the name stuck!

Player Experience

He attended the University of Alabama and walked on as a wide receiver. He starred on the team from 1990 to 1992 playing for Coach Gene Stallings and on the 1992 National Championship team. During his time at Alabama, he was twice named an Academic All-SEC member.

Coaching Experience - Alabama

After his playing days were over, he spent 3 years at Alabama as a Graduate Assistant Coach from 1993 to 1995. In the meantime, he earned his MBA at Alabama. From 1996 to 2001, he was a full-time assistant coach at Alabama in charge of wide receivers and tight ends. In 2001, he and the entire staff under Coach Mike Dubose was fired. He then spent 2 years in private business in Alabama.

Coaching Experience – Clemson

Then in 2002, his former position coach at Alabama, Tommy Bowden, made him an offer to join the Clemson staff as a wide receiver coach and he joined the team in 2003. He took over the position as Recruiting Coordinator and has been very instrumental in getting a large number of outstanding players to commit to Clemson. In fact, in 2006 he was named as the fifth best recruiter in the country by Rivals.com! Nick Saban, the new Alabama Football Coach offered him a chance to return to the team in 2007 but he opted to stick with the Tigers.

Since joining the staff at Clemson, they have been to bowls every year, finished in the top 25 three times, and won at least 8 games four times. The Tigers also won 10 games over top-25 teams including Florida State, Miami FL and Tennessee.

In 2008, the Tigers started out the season with a number 9 ranking and the sportswriter's choice to win the Conference. Things came undone very early with a shellacking by Alabama in the first game and then went 3-3 in its first 6 games. Dabo was then appointed Interim Head Coach and the Team proceeded to go 4-2 in its last 6 games including the crushing win over South Carolina 31-14 in the Battle for the Palmetto State.


He is married to the former Kathleen Bassett and they have three sons.

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Preceded by: Tommy Bowden Clemson University Football Coaches Succeeded by: Incumbent