10 Things to Know About 2015 and 2016 CFB Coach of the Year Dabo Swinney
2016 National Champion Head Coach
Has led Clemson to consecutive 14-win seasons, one of just two FBS coaches to do that.
2016 and 2015 Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year. First coach to win award in consecutive years.
2015 National Coach of the Year by Associated Press, ESPN (Home Depot) Walter Camp Foundation, AFCA and Sporting News.
2015 and 2016 ACC Champion, first time in 28 years Clemson has won back to back titles.
First coach in college football history to win a bowl game five consecutive years against teams coached by men who had already won a national championship.
His teams have finished among the nation's top 10 in the NCAA's Academic Progress Report each of the last six years. Since 2009, 144 of his 150 seniors have received their degree from Clemson. four of the other 6 are playing in the NFL.
Only coach in the country to beat a top 25 team in a bowl game each of the last five years.
Has led Clemson to a top 25 finish six years in a row, Clemson is one of just three programs nationally to do it.
Clemson has a streak of 24 consecutive top 5 rankings in AP poll, longest active streak in the nation entering 2017.
Accomplishments & Honors
2015 Phil Steele Coach of the year
2015 American Football Coaches Association coach of the year
2015 Maxwell Football Club coach of the year
2015 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year
2015 Associated Press Coach of the Year
2015 Home Depot College Coach of the Year
2015 Walter Camp Coach of the Year
2015 ACC Champion
2015 Sporting News Coach of the year
Guided the 2015 team to the ACC Championship
Posted more wins in the last four years, 42, than any other coach in Clemson history. Led Clemson to 27 wins over ACC teams and 26 wins at home the last four years, also school records.
Clemson had a streak of 50 consecutive weeks being ranked in both the AP and Coaches polls, tied for the longest streak in Clemson history.
Coached Clemson to bowl wins over three of the top 10 winningest programs in college football history, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma, over the last three years.
During the last four academic years, the Tiger football program finished in the top 10 in the nation in APR scores.
Guided the 2011 team to the ACC Championship.
Coached eight First Team All-Americans and 12 total All-Americans since 2009. Of the 87 senior scholarship players coached by Swinney, 78 were NFL draftees or free agents.
Directed Clemson to a 61-26 overall record (.701) and a 39-14 ACC regular-season mark (.736). His winning percentage is seventh best in ACC history.
Led the Tigers to the ACC Championship game twice, won one ACC Championship, and won or shared three ACC Atlantic Division titles.
Coach Swinney is the only coach to lead a non-SEC team to consecutive wins over SEC top 10 teams.
Added as a full-time assistant coach in January 2016; will work with the Tiger safeties, as Mike Reed shifts his focus to the cornerbacks.
Served as a defensive analyst in 2016, helping the Tigers to the program’s second national championship after a 35-31 win over his alma mater, Alabama.
Came to Clemson after 16 seasons as the head coach at Grayson (Ga.) High School; the Rams recorded a 137-48 mark during his tenure, with seven region championships and a state playoff semifinal appearance in 2015.
Coached several current and former Tigers at Grayson, including two-time All-ACC running back Wayne Gallman, starting cornerback Ryan Carter and backup quarterback Nick Schuessler.
Former graduate assistant at Alabama, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1993.
Teammate of Dabo Swinney on 1992 National Championship team at Alabama.
Added as a full-time assistant coach in January 2016; takes over as coach of the defensive line following the retirement of Dan Brooks and move of Marion Hobby to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
Helped Jacksonville State to 33-6 record in three seasons from 2014-16. The Gamecocks reached the FCS National Championship Game in 2015, and compiled a perfect 23-0 record in the Ohio Valley Conference with three titles in his tenure.
Helped the 2016 Gamecocks to a 10-2 record and No. 6 final ranking; helped team to fourth-best total defense figure in all of FCS at 275 yards per game.
As an assistant on the 2014 Jacksonville State staff, helped defense to a league-best 127.7 rushing yards per game allowed.
Began coaching career at Talladega (Ala.) High School in 2007 and then Oxford (Miss.) High School in 2008; also served as head strength & conditioning coach at Oxford.
Also spent time as an assistant coach at Idaho State in 2011,12, and East Mississippi Junior College in 2013.
Earned four letters as a defensive end at Alabama from 2001-04; served as permanent co-captain as a senior.
Played defensive end for the Tennessee Titans in 2005,06.
Assistant Coach/Defensive Linemen
2007: Talladega (Ala.) HS
2008: Oxford (Miss.) HS
2009-2010: Idaho State
2011-12: Idaho State
2013: East Mississippi CC
2014-2015: Jacksonville State
2016: Jacksonville Jaguars
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