Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney has been named the AP Coach of the Year, according to an announcement from the AP itself.
Swinney, 46, led Clemson to a 13-0 record this year to go with an ACC Championship and also the top spot in the final rankings. Clemson is in the College Football Playoff and will face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
Swinney addressed the honor in a statement to the AP.
“I am very honored to receive the AP National Coach of the Year award,” Swinney said in a statement to the AP on Monday. “Football is a great team sport and any individual honor is a result of having a great group of players and staff. I am blessed to have student-athletes and coaches that believe in what we do. This award is a reflection of their hard work and commitment.”
Swinney is the fourth ACC coach to win the award since it was established in 1998 and has gone 74-26 (48-14 ACC) since taking over for Tommy Bowden midway through 2008. Needless to say, he has undoubtedly earned this award.
Kickoff between Clemson and the Sooners is slated for 4 p.m. on ESPN on New Year’s Eve.