Head Coach Chris Swenson joined Kean at the start of the 2018-19 season following stints at Princeton University, The University of Notre Dame, Saint Peter’s University and Rowan University. In his first year as head coach, the team saw many accomplishments, including setting 19 school records, more than doubling their point total at the Metropolitan Conference Championship, and moving up two spots in the final conference standings from the previous year. Also under his direction, Freshman Tori Hayes earned the first NJAC Rookie Swimmer of the Week honors in program history.
Prior to Kean, Swenson was the volunteer assistant coach for the men’s team at Princeton for two seasons, working directly with the sprint, stroke and IM groups. His efforts helped Princeton secure a 2nd place finish at the 2018 Men’s Ivy League Swimming Championship, where they set a school record in the 800 free relay and had the Ivy League champion in the 200 fly. During his time, the Tigers had five selections to the All-Ivy second team.
While at Notre Dame, Swenson was the Director of Operations for Men's Swimming and Diving. The Fighting Irish landed the 9th ranked recruiting class in the country, earned 3 Honorable Mention All-Americans and a fifth-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He managed all logistics and helped organize the Notre Dame Swimming Camp for over 200 athletes.
From 2012-2014, Swenson served as Acting Head Coach and assistant coach with Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, N.J. The Peacocks set 64 school records, scored the school’s second-highest team finish at the MAAC Championships and coached three MAAC Swimmers of the Year. Two of these athletes went on to place top 16 in the men’s 200 fly and women’s 200 backstroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Swenson was the graduate assistant swimming coach at Rowan University from 2006 to 2008. He primarily worked with the stroke and IM groups and coached a Division III Honorable Mention All-American in the Men’s 200 Breaststroke.
A 2005 graduate of Rowan University, Swenson earned a B.S. in Management and competed for the men's swim team. During his time in the pool, he earned 3 NCAA ‘B’ Cuts in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, both team MVP and Rookie of the Year honors, and was awarded the Walter J. Holt Leadership Award. He was elected team captain during the 2004-05 season. He went on to earn his MBA from Rowan in 2008. He and his wife Ann reside in South Plainfield, NJ, with their children, Claire, Mae, and Henry.