Dabo Swinney’s wife Kathleen Swinney is another prime example of people who have known each other forever. I’d call them high school sweethearts, but it may actually extend to before that since Kathleen said “We always kind of liked each other and when I was old enough to date in high school, we did.” I saw this video of them talking about their favorite things to do in South Carolina, and they were going on and on about activities that they like. I’ve never been such a big fan of South Carolina– I prefer my Carolinas to be Northern.
Kathleen has had three kids with Dabo, and they’re all teenagers. Clay, Will, and Drew all play football, and naturally are all massive fans of their Dad’s college, Clemson. Dabo Swinney’s wife is apparently pretty involved with the players and the on the team as well. She’s a sweet woman who seems to want to involve herself in the organization and join in with enthusiasm. Kathleen is also involved on fundraisers for cancer. Kathleen had a sister named Lisa who passed away from the disease. She was first thought to have beaten it in 2003 when the doctors told her she was cancer-free, but it came back in 2009 and she passed in 2011. In 2005, Kathleen was diagnosed with a gene that is said to increase probability for breast cancer, which gives her an 88% of getting breast cancer.
Both Dabo and Kathleen went to Alabama for college. I guess they both stayed a couple that whole time too. They were a couple since before they were even teenagers, and they’ve been a couple that entire time. They both got masters degrees at Alabama. Dabo Swinney’s wife got a master’s in education while he got his in business. Then he just decided to get himself into the football world. It’s a pretty impressive way to go about things: stay a couple the entire time you’re in college, both go for a master’s. Dabo and Kathleen also have groups that they run that is about keeping families together and addiction-free. Dabo explains that he grew up in a broken family, and so it means a lot to support families and kids in this way.