"We are glad to have Clarence as a member of our staff," head coach Buzz Peterson said. "He brings a lot of experience to our program and will be a big asset in terms of community involvement, on-campus recruiting and in academics. I think it is important to have a former player involved on your staff. We have had a lot of good players come through the University of Tennessee who have gone on to become successful coaches. I want these players to have an opportunity to be a part of our program again."
Prior to returning to UT, Swearengen spent two years as the athletics director and basketball coach at Melrose High School in Memphis. He also assisted with the University of Memphis basketball program where he was an administrative assistant during the 1999-2000 season.
A third-team All-Southeastern Conference selection for the Vols in 1989, the Memphis native led the Vols in assists and steals in both his junior and senior seasons. Two times during his career he tied the school record for most steals in a single game with seven thefts against Florida (March 11, 1988) and UAB (Dec. 20, 1988). His 66 steals as a senior in 1989 still ranks third on Tennessee's all-time lists. The 6-foot-3 Swearengen averaged 9.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in his two seasons in Knoxville.
Following his career at Tennessee, Swearengen played six years professionally in Europe. He returned to the University of Tennessee to complete his undergraduate work in 1997 and then earned a master's degree in sports administration in 1998.