Dabo Swinney is a household name in American college football. In the early 90s, he played for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football program in the early 90s. He joined the Tigers as an assistant coach in 2003 and in 2008 he was appointed as interim football manager following the resignation of Tommy Bowden mid-season. The “interim” tag was retired in December 2008, and Swinney assumed the role of full-time head coach of the Clemson Tigers.
Recognized as a top scout and as a head coach, he led the Tigers to numerous successes on and off the field. In 2017, he led the Tigers to their first national championship in nearly three decades, coincidentally against his own alma mater, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Dabo Swinney biography
Dabo Swinney was born William Christopher Swinney on November 20, 1969, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Carol McGraw and Ervil Swinney. He received the nickname “Dabo” through his then 18-month-old brother who called him “Dabo” instead of “that boy”.
Swinney had been educated at Pelham High School. He received his college education at the University of Alabama where he served as a walk-in receiver. Between 1990 and 1992, Swinney played for the school football team, The Alabama Crimson Tide. He was part of Crimson Tide’s winning 1992 National Championship team.
In 1993, he graduated with a degree in commerce and business administration. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from the same institution in 1995.
Dabo Swinney served as a postgraduate assistant for the Tide football team in 1995, with wide receivers and tight ends. He was dismissed along with the entire coaching staff in 2001 after which he took a break from his coaching career until 2003.
In 2003, Swinney joined the Clemson University Tigers as a full-time assistant coach, in charge of wide receivers. He also doubled as a recruiting coordinator and he excelled in both roles.
In October 2008, Dabo Swinney assumed the role of interim football coach for Clemson Tigers. After a successful stint in this role, he was officially named the team’s head coach on December 1, 2008.
He accomplished several feats in the 2009 season including leading the Tigers to their first ACC Atlantic Division Championship. His reputation as an excellent recruiter has steadily grown. In 2011, Coach Swinney received the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award.
Beyond having an eye for recruiting talented young players, he is also recognized for the success of his team on the field and in the classroom. As head coach of the Tigers, he led the Tigers team in 2016 to win the 2017 College Football National Playoff Championship, his first since 1981.
His Family, Wife and Son
Dabo Swinney is married to Kathleen Swinney (née Bassett). The couple tied the knot in 1994.
The friendship between this couple dates back to their freshman year at Pelham High School. They took their friendship to the next level when they were old enough. Just like her husband, Kathleen Swinney is also an alumnus of the University of Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Education, after which she worked as a teacher.
Kathleen is also very dedicated to the University Alabama Clemson Tigers which earned her the title of “Clemson’s First Lady of Football”. The couple were named honorary alumni of the university at the 2017 ‘All In Ball’, hosted by Dabo’s All In Team Foundation.
The couple have 3 children together, sons Will (19), Drew (17) and Clay (14). As expected, Swinney’s three sons play football at their various schools.
Will Swinney is the eldest of Swinney’s 3 sons. He was born in 1998 in Clemson. He had a high school education at Daniel High School and was one of the best receivers on his high school football team. In 2017, Will Swinney joined the Clemson University football team as a candidate. Joining the Clemson Tigers is a dream come true for young Swinney, who has always been a huge Tigers fan.
Dabo Swinney’s Salary and House
In 2014, Tiger head coach Dabo Swinney signed an 8-year contract worth an initial $27.15 million. Under this contract, he received the sum of $3.3 million as his base salary in 2015. After the 2015 tag team title selection and selection for college football matches, Swinney’s annual salary was revised to $4.55 million in 2016 and the total amount of the contract was revalued. at $31.75 million.
In 2017, Dabo Swinney became the 2nd college football coach to top the $7 million annual salary mark. He received a total of $7.5 million – a base salary of $6 million and a signing bonus of $1.5 million. His new contract gives him an average salary of $6.75 million per year until 2024.
In October 2017, the man and his family moved into a new home in Clemson. The house belongs to the Swinneys. However, it was built with the intention that future Tiger coaches would find it convenient due to its proximity to campus.
The house which has been described as a “castle” spans 15,000 square feet and contains several master suites, several living rooms and dozens of bedrooms. It also boasts of all the indoor and outdoor facilities you could imagine; a basement theater, basketball court, personal gym, and outdoor pool.