FAIRFIELD, CT (May 7, 2013) - Sacred Heart women's basketball coach Ed Swanson has been named the head coach of the women's basketball program at The College of William & Mary, announced on Tuesday morning.
"Personally, I'll miss Ed," commented Executive Director of Athletics C. Donald Cook. "Over the years we developed not only a valued professional relationship, but a friendship I'll always treasure. So too with his wonderful family and supportive wife, Marian and boys, Connor and Matthew."
"For 20 years I had the opportunity, as well privilege to observe the professional and personal growth of Ed Swanson. In our first few years together in the early 90's I quickly realized I had an up-and-coming, intelligent, success-driven coach on my hands. For me it was personally very satisfying to see Ed bring our women's program through the seamless transition from Division II, an unprecedented achievement in its own right. In short order he won three NEC championships en route to becoming the most successful women's basketball coach in NEC history."
Swanson spent 23 years coaching the women's basketball program at his alma mater, leading the Pioneers to three Northeast Conference Championships and five postsason tournament berths including three NCAA Tournament appearances. He led the Pioneers to a 406-264 (.608) mark during his 23 seasons on the bench.
When Sacred Heart University transitioned to the Division I ranks in 1999-2000, Swanson guided his Pioneers into the Northeast Conference and immediately had positioned the program as a conference favorite. Since joining the NEC, Swanson's teams have never missed the postseason and never finished lower than tied for third in the conference standings.
SHU has enjoyed 13-straight winning seasons as Swanson guided the Pioneers to seven 20-win seasons including five in the past eight years. He is the all-time leader in NEC wins with 190 over his 14 years in the league and this past season, he tied the conference record for NEC Tournament wins at 16.
He led the Pioneers to their first Northeast Conference Championship during the 2005-06 season. The Pioneers posted a school record 26 wins en route to their first of three titles over a seven-year span. SHU became the third team in NEC history to post a perfect 18-0 league record on the way to winning the 2008-09 title and then led his team back to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 with his third championship run.
Swanson was named the NEC Coach of the Year four times, 2003-04, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2011-12, and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
"While there were many highlights, including NCAA Tournament appearances and Coach of the Year honors, his greatest accomplishment in my view was how professionally effective he was as a recruiter," stated Cook. "The players he brought to Sacred Heart were not just a great credit to the University on the court, but a perfect fit in every other way, especially in the classroom. He surrounded himself with quality in every way."
He coached three NEC Players of the Year in Amanda Pape (2006), Alisa Apo (2009) and Callan Taylor (2012) and four NEC Rookies of the Year in Nicolle Rubino (2003), Pape (2004), Apo (2008) and Gabrielle Washington (2012). He has had 27 players All-NEC or NEC All-Rookie Team honors during their careers at Sacred Heart.
Swanson's teams also excelled in the classroom, earning recognition in the WBCA Top-25 academic rankings while six different players have garnered CoSIDA Academic All-American accolades during his tenure.
He will take over a William & Mary program that competes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).