Kathleen Swinney (formerly Bassett) is the wife of Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney and is a woman beloved by both Clemson fans and the community as a whole. She is the mother of three children.
Kathleen and Dabo met back in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and started dating in Pelham High School. Although they were childhood friends, Kathleen admits she had to wait until she was old enough to date before they took the next step.
Sadly, Kathleen’s family has a history of breast cancer. The silver lining is that a result she’s spent many of her waking hours devoted herself to breast cancer awareness and the Dabo’s All In Foundation–the goal of which is to “raise funds annually for breast cancer prevention and research with an emphasis on local university research programs, and efforts providing medical screening/testing to local upstate residents.” Because of her family history, Kathleen also underwent a double mastectomy and hysterectomy to lower her chances of getting cancer herself.
From the stories and anecdotes we’ve read, Kathleen is a magnetic personality who’s known behind the scenes for getting things done. Her husband Dabo is one of the most likeable coaches in college football and we’d bet that has something to do with his partner.