Lady Cougar Volleyball Coach
is entering his 27th season as the head coach of the MVNU women's volleyball program. Over the past
26 years, Swanson has led the Lady Cougars to a 907-308
overall record (.747), seven conference titles, 18 National Christian College
Athletic Association region championships,
and 18 trips to the NCCAA National Tournament. MVNU has also
won 30 or more matches in each of the past 17 seasons, topped the
40-win mark during seven of those years, and recorded 50-plus wins twice.
In 2009, Swanson guided the Lady Cougars to a 37-10 overall record that included
a 10-2 American Mideast Conference mark and
the right to host the American Mideast
Conference Tournament. MVNU also
finished as the NCCAA National Tournament
runner-up for the second time.
Swanson led his teams to the NAIA Region Tournament for 14
straight seasons with the Lady Cougars
advancing to the championship match six times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005,
and 2007) before regions were done away with
due to direct qualification from the
During the decade of the 1990s, Swanson led MVNU to an incredible 122-9 home record that included a then-NAIA record 70-match winning streak.
Swanson has been selected as the conference
Coach of the Year five times and named the NCCAA
region Coach of the Year 17 times. In addition, he was featured in Sports Illustrated in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the October 6, 1997 issue.
In 2008, Swanson was named to the NAIA Hall of Fame - becoming the third MVNU player or coach to be so honored. He
was named to the NCCAA Hall of Fame in 2005
and then became the NAIA's all-time wins
leader and was inducted into the MVNU Cougar
Wall of Fame in 2006.
Swanson has developed nine NAIA
All-Americans, 21 NCCAA All-Americans, two NCCAA National Players of the Year,
and four conference Players of the Year
during his tenure at MVNU. He has also had
16 NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes and one CoSIDA Academic All-American.
A native of Illinois, Swanson graduated from North Park (IL) College in 1975 after playing basketball for the Vikings. He went to West Virginia University after graduation and served as an assistant coach while working on his master's degree.
Swanson traveled to Japan and South America
as a coach with Athletes in Action during
the summers of 1982 and 1983 respectively
before taking a head coaching position at
Waynesburg (PA) College in 1983. After a
15-15 campaign at Waynesburg, Swanson came
to MVNU where he has now had 22 straight winning seasons.
Swanson, who is also the MVNU athletic director and teaches in the Physical Education Department at MVNU, resides in Mount Vernon with his wife,
Susie. The couple has three sons: Casey, Brady, and Riley.
In 2002, Swanson was honored as the recipient of MVNU's President's Award for
Excellence in Teaching.
To contact Coach Swanson, you can e-mail him at email@example.com.