Finebaum caller shares story of Dabo Swinney's encouragement to a coach

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday December 19, 2015

It's a difficult time of the year for coaches who lose jobs. Dabo Swinney has been through it and has made a point to encourage coaches. A Finebaum caller shared an example.

This past week, Swinney talked to Finebaum about trying to get a job while out of coaching, having a job at Alabama lined up, but it falling through. Things worked out for Swinney, and he wants other coaches to keep the faith.

A few days after the interview, a Finebaum caller shared a recent story about his son reaching out to Swinney about a job.

“I’ve got a son that coaches high school ball in Georgia,” the caller said. “Just a few years ago, he was working with a program, but they let the coaching staff go and brought in a new staff. He was wondering what direction he’d be heading in. He started sending out letters and résumés to everybody. One person he sent one to was Dabo Swinney.

“My son said, of all the letters he sent out, one letter he got back was personally handwritten from Dabo Swinney, encouraging him to stay the faith and that things would work out. A few short weeks later, things did work out for him, and now he’s coaching again. Dabo’s comments touched close to me.”

College head coaches have hundreds — or maybe thousands — of coaches reach out to them at this time of year. It’s how the profession goes. For Swinney to personally respond to at least one made an impact. You never know how much a little encouragement can mean.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to