10 Things to Know About 2015 and 2016 CFB Coach of the Year
Dabo Swinney

  1. 2016 National Champion Head Coach
  2. Has led Clemson to consecutive 14-win seasons, one of just two FBS coaches to do that.
  3. 2016 and 2015 Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year. First coach to win award in consecutive years.
  4. 2015 National Coach of the Year by Associated Press, ESPN (Home Depot) Walter Camp Foundation, AFCA and Sporting News.
  5. 2015 and 2016 ACC Champion, first time in 28 years Clemson has won back to back titles.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Only coach in the country to beat a top 25 team in a bowl game each of the last five years.
  9. Has led Clemson to a top 25 finish six years in a row, Clemson is one of just three programs nationally to do it.
  10. 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.
Robbie Caldwell
Offensive Line Coach
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Robbie Caldwell

Offensive Line Coach
caldwe3@clemson.edu
  • 2015 ACC Champs
  • Offensive Line Coach
  • Coached All-American Center Dalton Freeman in 2012
  • Has produced a 1st All-ACC Lineman each of the past 2 seasons
  • Has coached in 417 games
"Robbie is salty. He’s old school, hardnosed and tough. He is the epitome an offensive line coach."
–Dabo Swinney


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Robbie Caldwell

Offensive Line Coach
  • 2011-present: Offensive Line Coach Clemson University
  • 2010: Head Coach Vanderbilt University
  • 2002-2009: Associate Head Coach, Offensive Line Coach Vanderbilt University
  • 1997-2001: Associate Head Coach, Offensive Line Coach N.C. State University
  • 1986-96: Offensive Line Coach N.C. State University
  • 1978-1985: Offensive Line Coach Furman University
  • 1976: Student Assistant Coach Furman University
Tony Elliott
Co-Offensive Coordinator
/Running Backs Coach
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Tony Elliott

Co-Offensive Coordinator
/Running Backs Coach
antonie@clemson.edu
  • 2015 ACC Champs
  • Has produced a 1000 yard rusher each of the last three seasons
  • Coached 1st team All ACC running back Andre Ellington
  • 2002 Clemson graduate
"Tony is one of the smartest coaches I have ever worked with. He brings a sense of calmness to the staff. And even as a young guy, he is very, very wise beyond his years."
–Dabo Swinney


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Tony Elliott

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
  • 2011-present: Running Backs Coach Clemson University
  • 2008-10: Wide Receivers Coach Furman University
  • 2006-07: Wide Receivers Coach S.C. State University
Danny Pearman
Associate Head Coach/Tight Ends
Special Teams Coordinator
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Danny Pearman

Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Tight End Coach
dpearma@clemson.edu
  • 2015 ACC Champs
  • Coached 1st Team All American and John Mackey Award Winner Dwayne Allen
  • Has been to 22 bowls games in 26 seasons coaching
  • 1987 Clemson graduate
"Danny is a no-nonsense kind of guy, and that makes him an outstanding teacher. There is no one better to teach the technique of being a football player."
–Dabo Swinney


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Danny Pearman

Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Tight End Coach
  • 2009-present: Associate Head Coach, Special Teams Coach, Tight Ends Clemson University
  • 2007: Special Teams Coach, Tight Ends Duke University
  • 2006: Special Teams Coach, Defensive Ends University of North Carolina
  • 1998-2005: Special Teams Coach, Offensive Tackles, Tight Ends Virginia Tech
  • 1991-1997: Special Teams Coach, Offensive Tackles University of Alabama
  • 1990: Graduate Assistant University of Alabama
  • 1988-89: Graduate Assistant Clemson University
Jeff Scott
Co-Offensive Coordinator
/Wide Receivers Coach
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Jeff Scott

Co-Offensive Coordinator
/Wide Receivers Coach
jscott5@clemson.edu
  • 2015 ACC Champs
  • Has coached two All Americans, Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins
  • Has produced a 1000-yard receiver each of the last three seasons
  • 2003 Clemson graduate
"Jeff is passionate about being the best at what he does. He is passionate and very detailed and loves Clemson."
–Dabo Swinney


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Jeff Scott

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
  • 2009-present: Recruiting Coordinator, Wide Receivers Coach Clemson University
  • 2008: Graduate Assistant, Wide Receivers Coach Clemson University
  • 2007: Wide Receivers Coach Presbyterian College
  • 2006: Head Coach Blythewood High School (South Carolina)
Brandon Streeter
Quarterbacks
/Recruiting Coordinator
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Brandon Streeter

Quarterbacks/Recruiting Coordinator
street1@clemson.edu
  • 2015 ACC Champs
  • Offensive coordinator at Richmond past three seasons
  • Six of the seven teams he worked with as OC finished in the top 25 of FCS poll
  • Starting quarterback at Clemson in 1998 and 1999
  • Broke or tied 11 Tiger records during his career
"Brandon has done an outstanding job since he graduated from Clemson in 1999 and we welcome him back... I knew one day I would like to hire him."
–Dabo Swinney

Brandon Streeter

Quarterbacks/Recruiting Coordinator
  • 2012-14: Offensive Coordinator Richmond
  • 2009-11: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Liberty University
  • 2006-08: Quarterbacks Coach Liberty University
  • 2004-05: Graduate Assistant Clemson University
  • 2003: Running Back/Recruiting Coordinator Charleston Southern
  • 2002: Quarterbacks Coach Charleston Southern

Offensive
Coaches

Brent Venables
Defensive Coordinator
Linebacker Coach
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Brent Venables

Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker Coach
jennifi@clemson.edu
  • Rivals 2016 Recruiter of the Year
  • 2015 247 Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Year
  • 2015 ACC Champs
  • Top 5 Finalist for the Frank Broyles Award
  • 2014 #1 ranked Defense
  • 2013 defense led nation in Tackles For Loss with 123
"Brent is intense, passionate, and relentless. He makes it a daily pursuit to be great. He coaches with great attention to detail to get the best out of his players each and every day."
–Dabo Swinney


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Brent Venables

Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker Coach
  • 2012-present: Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach Clemson University
  • 2004-2011: Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach University of Oklahoma
  • 1999-2003: Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach University of Oklahoma
  • 1998: Defensive Running Game Coordinator, Linebackers Coach Kansas State University
  • 1996-97: Linebackers Coach Kansas State University
  • 1993-95: Graduate Assistant Kansas State University
Mickey Conn
Assistant Coach/Safeties 
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Mickey Conn

Assistant Coach/Safeties
jennifi@g.clemson.edu
  • 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.

Mickey Conn

Assistant Coach/Safeties
  • 2000-2016: Grayson (Ga.) HS
Mike Reed
Defensive Backs Coach
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Mike Reed

Defensive Backs Coach
mjreed@clemson.edu
  • 2015 FootballScoop Defensive Backs Coach of the Year
  • 2015 ACC Champs
  • Led Clemson pass defense to 16th in the nation and 13th in interceptions in his first year at Clemson
  • Coached Brian Dawkins in NFL
"Mike brings great energy to Clemson. He is a great teacher at his position and loves his players deeply. He has made a great impact within our program in his first full season with us."
–Dabo Swinney


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Mike Reed

Defensive Backs Coach
  • 2013-present: Defensive Backs Coach Clemson University
  • 2007-12: Defensive Backs Coach N.C. State University
  • 2003-06: Quality Control Coach Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2002: Defensive Backs, Special Teams Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2000-01: Wide Receivers, Tight Ends, Defensive Backs Coach University of Richmond
Todd Bates
Assistant Coach/
Defensive Linemen
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Todd Bates

Assistant Coach/Defensive Linemen
jennifi@g.clemson.edu
  • 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.

Todd Bates

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

Defensive
Coaches

WOODY MCCORVEY
WOODY MCCORVEY
ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF
FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATION
MIKE DOOLEY
MIKE DOOLEY
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS
AND PLAYER PERSONNEL
BRAD SCOTT
BRAD SCOTT
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
 hbscott@clemson.edu
THAD TURNIPSEED
THAD TURNIPSEED
DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING &
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
 tturnip@clemson.edu
JEFF DAVIS
JEFF DAVIS
ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF
FOOTBALL PLAYER RELATIONS
JORDAN SORRELLS
JORDAN SORRELLS
COORDINATOR OF
RECRUITING COMMUNICATIONS
 jjsorre@clemson.edu
KYLE RICHARDSON
KYLE RICHARDSON
SENIOR OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT
 kyle10@clemson.edu
TY CLEMENTS
TY CLEMENTS
COORDINATOR OF RECRUITING OPERATIONS

Support
Staff

JESSICA CARROLL
JESSICA CARROLL
RECRUITING OPERATIONS
COORDINATOR
ALLISON WAYMYERS
ALLISON WAYMYERS
DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ABE REED
ABE REED
DIRECTOR OF EQUIPMENT
D.J. GORDON
D.J. GORDON
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
OPERATIONS AND CREATIVE MEDIA
TODD GREEN
TODD GREEN
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL VIDEO
HENRY GUESS
HENRY GUESS
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF
ATHLETIC VIDEO SERVICES
REGGIE PLEASANT
REGGIE PLEASANT
LIFE COACH
JEFFREY FELLERS
JEFFREY FELLERS
GRAPHICS COORDINATOR

Support
Staff

BETH DOUGLAS
BETH DOUGLAS
ASSISTANT TO THE HEAD COACH
REN WINDHAM
REN WINDHAM
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, OFFENSE
JENNIFER BENTON
JENNIFER BENTON
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR OF
FOOTBALL OPERATIONS
JILL WILLIAMS-WILKS
JILL WILLIAMS-WILKS
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, RECRUITING
ASHLEY SPIERS
ASHLEY SPIERS
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, HEAD COACH
MORGAN TADLOCK
MORGAN TADLOCK

Administrative
Support Staff

LEMANSKI HALL
LEMANSKI HALL
ASSISTANT FOR DEFENSIVE
ANALYSIS & RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT
BRANDON MCCOMBS
BRANDON MCCOMBS
ASSISTANT FOR SPECIAL TEAMS
ANALYSIS & RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT
ANDREW WARWICK
ANDREW WARWICK
ASSISTANT FOR DEFENSIVE
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
 awaric@clemson.edu
CAM AIKEN
CAM AIKEN
ASSISTANT FOR OFFENSIVE
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
 caiken@clemson.edu
Tyler Grisham
Tyler Grisham
ASSISTANT FOR OFFENSIVE
ANALYSIS & RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT
 tgrisham13@gmail.com

Player
Development

ZACHARY ALLEY
ZACHARY ALLEY
 zalley@clemson.edu
THOMAS AUSTIN
THOMAS AUSTIN
 taustin65@gmail.com
ZACH FULMER
ZACH FULMER
 dfulmer@clemson.edu
DeAndre McDaniel
DeAndre McDaniel
 deandremcdaniel@gmail.com
XAVIER DYE
XAVIER DYE
MIKE BRIGLIN
MIKE BRIGLIN

Graduate
Assistants

JOEY BATSON
JOEY BATSON
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
LARRY GREENLEE
LARRY GREENLEE
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
PAUL HOGAN
PAUL HOGAN
FOOTBALL SENIOR ASSISTANT
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
ADAM SMOTHERMAN
ADAM SMOTHERMAN
FOOTBALL ASSISTANT
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
PAUL HARRINGTON
PAUL HARRINGTON
FOOTBALL NUTRITIONIST
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
DONNA MCCAIN
DONNA MCCAIN
EXECUTIVE PERFORMANCE CHEF

Strength,
Conditioning
& Nutrition

DANNY POOLE
DANNY POOLE
FOOTBALL HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER
DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MEDICINE
ABBY DeDECKER
ABBY DeDECKER
FOOTBALL ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINER
DR. LEN REEVES
DR. LEN REEVES
FOOTBALL TEAM PHYSICIAN
DR. LARRY BOWMAN
DR. LARRY BOWMAN
FOOTBALL TEAM ORTHOPEDIC
MILT LOWDER
MILT LOWDER
FOOTBALL TEAM PSYCHOLOGIST
SCOTT CROTHERS
SCOTT CROTHERS
ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINER

Sports
Medicine