UNION, N.J. (10/19/18) - The Kean University athletics department has announced the hiring of Christopher Swenson as the head coach of the women's swimming program.
"We are excited about the passion and experience that Chris will bring to our recently reinstated women's swimming program at Kean University. As a former collegiate swimmer at Rowan University and his previous coaching positions, he has both the understanding of the New Jersey Athletic Conference and the technical knowledge to take over a program" said Director of Athletics Jack McKiernan.
Swenson comes to Kean after stints at Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, Saint Peter's University, Rowan University and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.
"I am honored to be a part of the Kean family and looking forward to helping the Cougars become a force in the NJAC and can't wait to get started", said Swenson.
Most recently, Swenson was an assistant coach at Princeton for the past two seasons, where he worked directly with the sprint, stroke and IM groups. His efforts helped Princeton to the 2018 Ivy League Team Runner-Up, while setting a school record in the 800 free relay and had one Ivy League champion in the 200 fly. During his time, the Tigers had five selections to the All-Ivy second team.
Prior to Princeton, he spent one season as an assistant coach with the Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming program at Scotch-Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, N.J. Swenson coached the boy's team to a North Jersey Section 2, Group B Sectional Championship and the girls to a 2016 Union County Championship.
Before Scotch Plains, Swenson was the Director of Operations for the Men's Swimming and Diving program at the University of Notre Dame. During his time in South Bend, the Fighting Irish had the ninth ranked recruiting class, three honorable mention All-Americans and a fifth-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
From 2012-2014, Swenson was an acting Head Coach and an assistant coach with Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, N.J. The Peacocks set 64 school records, had the second highest finish at the MAAC Championships and coached three MAAC Swimmers of the Year.
Before his time with the Peacocks, he was a graduate assistant coach at Rowan University from 2006 to 2008. He primarily coached the stroke and IM groups, while helping to coach a Division III All-American.
A 2005 graduate of Rowan, Swenson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, while being a four year member of the Profs men's swimming program. During his time in the pool, he was a two-time NCAA qualifier in the 200 breaststroke, a team MVP, team Rookie of the Year and the Walter J. Holt Leadership Award recipient. He went on to earn his Masters in Business Administration in 2008.
"He will be a welcome addition to the Kean athletic family and I am confident that he will be able to build our women's swimming program on the values of academic success, a great student-athlete experience and a strong work ethic in and out of the pool", stated McKiernan.