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As one of the top football coaches in the nation, Dabo Swinney led the Clemson Tigers to its second College National Championship this January, for the second time in three years. Swinney was recently named the 2018 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year for the third time in four years. He is the only coach to have received this award three times.
Swinney started coaching for Clemson in 2003 as an assistant for five seasons before being named the interim head coach in 2008, and eventually head coach in December. Prior to Clemson, Swinney was an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Alabama. During his time at Alabama as both a player and coach, Swinney was a part of five top-10 teams, one national title, three SEC Championships and five SEC Western Division titles. Swinney played on Alabama’s 1992 National Championship team. He was also named Academic All-SEC in addition to SEC Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member in 1990 and 1992.
Swinney earned a bachelor’s and master’s in business administration from the University of Alabama. Swinney married his wife, Kathleen, in 1994. They have three sons, Will, Drew and Clay. Will just finished his second season on the Tiger football team, and Drew is a freshman on the team.