Dabo Swinney is a former American College Football Coach at Clemson University in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Swinney was promoted to the title of head coach before the 2009 season and held the role as the interim coach when Tommy Bowden stepped down in the middle of the 2008 campaign. Let’s take a look at how Swinney was able to become of the most successful coaches in the modern era of College Football while also being able to bring his own guts to each game. If you’re unfamiliar with that last reference about guts, look it up. That postgame interview was absolutely legendary.
Dabo Swinney Net Worth As of 2019: $20 Million
Dabo Swinney’s net worth is around $20 million. Now it’s time to see how Swinney was able to make an extremely historic program like Clemson into a powerhouse that will stay at the top for years to come.
Humble Beginnings: 1990-1992
Roll Tide Roll! Swinney was raised in Pelham, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama, where he played wide receiver from 1990-1992. As a walk-on, he caught seven passes for 81 yards in his three-year career with the Crimson Tide. Swinney graduated from Alabama in 1993 with a degree in commerce and business administration as well as a master’s in business administration in 1995.
Sweet Home Alabama: 1993-2003
As Swinney was pursuing his master’s degree, he was a graduate assistant coach for the Tide from 1993-1995. He later fluctuated between being the wide receivers and tight ends coach until he was fired with the rest of Mike DuBose’s staff in 2001. After being fired, Swinney worked on development projects for AIG Baker Real Estate in his home state of Alabama, led by his former strength coach Rich Wingo.
A Fresh Start: 2003-2008
After leaving his job with AIG Baker in 2003, Swinney was tabbed by Head Coach Tommy Bowden to be the wide receivers coach at Clemson University. Ol’ Dabo accepted the position and quickly became one of the crowned jewels on the Tigers’ coaching staff. He proved to be an excellent coach and recruiter by getting some of the country’s blue-chip recruits to commit to Clemson. He was named as one of the top 25 recruiters in College Football by rivals.com in 2007.
Bring Your Own Guts: 2008-Present
Once Tommy Bowden resigned after the first six games of the 2008 season, Dabo became the interim head coach for the remainder of the year and was later promoted to full-time head coach for the 2009 season. After a 9-5 season in 2009 and 6-7 season in 2010, Clemson fans weren’t happy and it looked as if Swinney was on the hot seat. Well, he got off the hot seat rather fast. Since 2011, Clemson has won 10 or more games and has made it to the College Football Playoff three times. In those three appearances, the Tigers have made the National Championship game twice, losing to Alabama 45-40 during the 2015 season and beating Alabama 35-31 on a last-second touchdown during the 2016 season.
Swinney has proved year after year that he one of the elite coaches in College Football and there shouldn’t be any doubt that he will remain on top for years to come. Clemson just seems to keep on reloading every year and it should be interesting to see if they make yet another run to the College Football Playoff for the fourth consecutive season.
Ol’ Dabo will enter the 2018 season with a record of 101-30 and they are the favorites to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division title alongside the ACC title as well. There really isn’t much competition for Clemson other than Florida State in that one division. However, a Clemson and Miami championship game would be yet another statement game for Swinney. With a possible quarterback battle brewing between senior Kelly Bryant and freshman Trevor Lawrence, will Dabo reach glory again? We will find out very soon.