Dan Swaney has been hired to take over the reins of the men’s and women’s cross country program at Central Christian College.
Swaney, from Hillsboro, is a well-qualified cross country and track coach, and comes to Central Christian having most recently coached at Tabor College in Hillsboro. He is originally from Ventura, Calif., and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1996 and then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Education Counseling. He earned his Master’s degree in 2000.
Swaney has coached cross country and track at all levels. He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater in 1998. After finishing his graduate studies, he was hired as the head track and cross country coach at Arrowhead Christian Academy.
In September of 2003, he was hired as the head cross country coach at Escondido Charter High School. In 2005, he took his talents to the college ranks as the head cross country and track coach at West LA College in Culver City, Califa. He took another assistant coaching position at Santiago Canyon College in 2008 in Orange, California, before winding up at Tabor College in February of 2009.
During his five seasons at Tabor College, he coached 12 All-KCAC award winners, six men and six women, including the first woman in school history to be first-team all four years. She also won the first conference titles in school history as a junior and senior.
He had five men and four women qualify for the NAIA National meet. In track, he coached mid-distance and long jump and triple jump. In four seasons, Swaney coached women to All-KCAC awards in eight individual indoor track events and six indoor relays (there has only been an indoor conference meet for two years) as well as 15 individual outdoor events and seven outdoor relays. Among those were three indoor titles and seven outdoor titles. He had women qualify for NAIA indoor nationals in two individual events, with one earning an All-American award, and NAIA outdoor nationals in 11 individual events and one relay.
He also coached men to All-KCAC awards in 15 individual indoor events and six indoor relays as well as 16 individual outdoor events and 10 outdoor relays. Among those were nine indoor titles and three outdoor titles. Men he coached qualified for NAIA indoor nationals in four individual events and two relays and NAIA outdoor nationals in seven individual events and three relays.
CCC Athletic Director Chad Kerr is excited about the direction he believes Swaney can take the cross country program.
“Coach Swaney has a successful past in building programs, recruiting, and properly training athletes and he is a great addition to the Central coaching staff,” Kerr said. “He is the perfect candidate to take what the previous cross country coaches have done to the next level along with starting and building a track and field program at Central for both the men and women. I was thrilled when I found out he was available and I believe this is one of those matches that was meant to be.”
Swaney is looking forward to the challenge of taking the CCC cross country program to a higher level and bringing the first-ever track and field program to campus. “I am very excited to be the new cross country coach for Central Christian. This is a great opportunity. I think we can build a successful program quickly and I am looking forward to what we can accomplish next fall.”
Dan and his wife Kimberly reside in Hillsboro, where Kimberly is the director at Main Street Ministries. They have three small children, Wilson, Carolyn and Lauren. He began his duties as head cross country coach on Feb. 1. He has jumped in with both feet and is avidly working the 2014-2015 recruiting class. Swaney and Kerr hope to bring a limited men’s and women’s track and field program to CCC as early as next spring.