Swiney Hires New Coach

Dabo Swinney has hired his first new assistant coach, CUTigers.com has confirmed.

Maryland tight end/special teams coach Danny Pearman, who played his college football at Clemson, is coming home.

Pearman will take over an assistant coaching role with Clemson, a source at Clemson University told CUTigers.com Tuesday afternoon.

Pearman is very familiar with the ACC, having coached at Maryland, Duke and Virginia Tech. He has also coached at Alabama and was there during Dabo Swinney's tenure and the two have remained close friends to this day.

He played at Clemson as a tight end from 1984-87.

Pearman, who spent the past year at Maryland as the Terps' special teams and tight ends coach, has been rumored to want to return to Clemson for quite some time and now it appears he has fulfilled that dream.

The move is Dabo Swinney's first confirmed hire since taking over the head coaching position at Clemson on a permanent basis on Monday.

Swinney has also parted ways with defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, who learned earlier today he would not be retained for the 2009 season.

2008: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends & H-Backs

2007: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends

North Carolina
2006: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Assistant/Defensive Ends

Virginia Tech
1998-05: Assistant Coach - Tight Ends/Off. Tackles/Special Teams Assistant

1997: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Tackles

1991-96: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Offensive Tackles

1990: Graduate Assistant Coach

1988-89: Graduate Assistant - Linebackers

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