WILMINGTON — College Football National Championship Head Coach Dabo Swinney will make a stop in the Port City this month. Swinney will serve as keynote speaker during the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Banquet of Excellence on Thursday, Feb. 23. The annual fundraising event begins at 5:45 p.m. at Port City Community Church.
Swinney is coming off a memorable year after guiding Clemson to the Tigers’ first national title in 35 years following a last second 35-31 victory over top-ranked Alabama. His career record is 89-28 over nine seasons and he holds a winning percentage of .759 after capturing a national championship at Alabama as a player.
“You couldn’t ask for better timing,” said Matt Treppel, FCA Southeast North Carolina Regional Director. “Dabo is not only a national champion coach, but a champion leader spiritually. He’s lived a life of faith without apology.”
While on field accolades continue to grab many of the headlines for Swinney, it’s been his knack in guiding young men off the field with inspiration through his own personal story that has taken his popularity as a head football coach to another level.
Swinney has been an outspoken voice for Christian values. His journey has been well documented, from his childhood as a young Alabama fan to rooming with his mother in the same bedroom as a college student after his parent’s divorce. He walked onto the Alabama football team in the late 1980s, ultimately earning a scholarship. He later became a graduate assistant with the Crimson Tide.
Swinney left coaching for private business in the early 2000s, after changes to the Alabama staff, but returned to his passion in 2002 as a wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Clemson. He’s been the Head Coach at Clemson since 2008.
Details on the FC Banquet of Excellence fundraiser can be found at www.southeastncfca.org.