CLEMSON — Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney agreed to a three-year contract extension Thursday that keeps him at the school through the 2017 season.
His average annual salary for the next six years will be $1.95 million. The contract also contains performance bonuses.
Clemson is coming off its first ACC football title in 20 years.
“This contract reaffirms our commitment to coach Swinney and his staff,” said Clemson Board of Trustees chair David Wilkins. “We look forward to our football program winning many more ACC championships under his direction.”
Swinney’s contract called for his compensation to increase beyond $2.1 million following Clemson’s ACC title in December, but Swinney elected to redistribute $300,000 of his increased compensation to his assistants.
Swinney agreed to coach for $1.9 million in 2012 prior to signing the extension.
Swinney’s contract ranks fifth among ACC head coaches in average value, but Clemson will have the league’s highest paid offensive coordinator, Chad Morris, and defensive coordinator, Brent Venables, in 2012.
Swinney and Morris are now under contract for six years each. Venables is under contract for five years.
Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips had been working with Swinney’s agent, Mike Brown, on an extension since the end of the season.
“We feel very good about the direction of our football program,” Phillips said. “In a short period of time, Coach Swinney has taken us to two Atlantic Division titles, had two top 10 recruiting classes, two top 25 seasons, and won an ACC championship.”
Entering his fourth full season as Clemson’s head coach, Swinney has a record of 29-19 overall and 19-10 in the ACC.
“This shows a great commitment on the part of David Wilkins and the Board of Trustees, President Jim Barker and Terry Don Phillips,” Swinney said in a release. “I am very appreciative of their confidence in the program and my staff.
“We had many landmark accomplishments this past year, including winning the ACC
championship in a very competitive league. The administration has provided us with the
resources to continue our pursuit to be the best in the ACC and compete for the national
championship for years to come.”
A copy of the new contract was not immediately available.