The Jimmy Rane Foundation is pleased to announce that Dabo Swinney will serve as the guest speaker of the 17th annual Jimmy Rane Charity Golf Tournament.
In nine years (eight full seasons) as the Clemson Tigers’ head coach, Dabo Swinney has directed Clemson to a 89-28 overall record (.761) — best by a coach in school history — and a 54-15 ACC regular-season mark (.783). He has also led the Tigers to the ACC Championship game four times, won three ACC titles, won or shared five ACC Atlantic Division titles, and won seven bowl games (five against top-10 teams). His teams have compiled 20 wins over ranked teams in his head-coaching career, including 12 over top-10 teams.
In addition, he cemented himself as a coaching legend when he led the Tigers to the 2016 National Championship, the second in school history (1981). To reach that pinnacle, Swinney’s team defeated the top two teams according to the national polls in consecutive games. Clemson shut out Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl. Then, the Tigers earned a rematch with No. 1 Alabama, and for the first time in school history, took down the top-ranked team in a second epic battle with the Crimson Tide.
Swinney won the Bear Bryant Award as the national coach of the year for the second consecutive season.
In 2015, Swinney guided Clemson to the No. 1 national ranking in every College Football Playoff poll and led the Tigers to their first National Championship Game appearance under the new format after his team defeated Oklahoma 37-17 in the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31. The Tigers led Alabama in the fourth quarter of the championship game, but came up just short, 45-40, in an epic game in Glendale, Ariz.
Following the team’s 14-1 record and No. 2 final ranking, he was the recipient of 10 National and two ACC Coach-of-the-Year honors.
Swinney accepted the interim head coaching position on Oct. 13, 2008, taking over for Tommy Bowden. When Swinney played for the University of Alabama, Bowden was his first position coach. Bowden was also instrumental in bringing Swinney back into the coaching profession in 2003, following an interval in private business.
Swinney received a commerce & business administration degree from Alabama in 1993 after lettering three times (1990-92). A walk-on who went on to earn a scholarship, Swinney was a wide receiver on Alabama’s 1992 National Championship team. After his playing career, Swinney served as a graduate assistant from 1993-95 at Alabama while he pursued a master’s degree in business administration. He became a full-time assistant coach at Alabama in February 1996 under Head Coach Gene Stallings and coached for five seasons.