The Post & Courier published an awesome feature on Dabo Swinney’s “other” job today – youth baseball coach.
Clemson’s football team isn’t the only squad the 45-year-old Alabama native coaches. He’s also the coach of the Orange Crush, a 12U baseball team featuring Swinney’s youngest of three boys, Clay.
Swinney is one of four FBS coaches to also coach a youth team – Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, Temple’s Matt Rhule and Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm are the others.
— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) June 19, 2016
From the story:
“Whether you’re coaching college kids or 12-year-olds,” Swinney said, “it’s still competing and teaching and trying to get young people to grow from where they are and help them to improve. That’s the same deal.
“This is a good little group. We’ve got kids from Pickens, kids from Clemson, kids from Anderson, kids from the Central area. We’re a solid little team, and we’ve had some big wins and we’ve had some ugly losses. Just like any other group, some days are better than others. It’s just fun to come out and be a part of it.”
Above all else, the side job is relaxing for Swinney.
Swinney could certainly use some off-the-field relaxation. His Clemson team enters the 2016 season with expectations grander than perhaps any other squad in program history. The Tigers, who fell in the national championship game this past season, are a preseason top-three squad with College Football Playoff-or-bust hopes.
Clemson opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against Auburn.