Bill Swartz has been the men's soccer coach at Pomona-Pitzer for 30 years, since first taking over the helm in 1986, and has led the Sagehens to seven SCIAC titles. Recently, he led Pomona-Pitzer to a SCIAC championship in 2012, took a sabbatical in 2013 to coach with the Tottenham Hotspur organization in England, and returned in 2014 to lead the Sagehens to a SCIAC Postseason Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament bid, while earning the league Coach of the Year honors.
During his 30 years as the head coach of the Sagehens, Swartz's programs have been a model of consistency. Pomona-Pitzer has reached 10 wins or more 18 times in that span, and have finished .500 or better 23 times (including 22 in the last 25 years). His career record now stands at 395-251-35 after bringing in a record of 76-30-6 from Thomas College.
Swartz quickly built the program up after taking over the helm in 1986. After losing seasons in two of his first three years, he led the Sagehens to a second-place finish in the SCIAC in 1989 and a league championship in 1990. From 1996-2006, his teams won nearly twice as many games as they lost, going 132-69-7 in that span, while winning four SCIAC titles.
In 2009, Swartz guided the Sagehens to a 13-4-2 overall record and a first-place finish in the SCIAC with an 11-1-2 conference mark, the best league record of his career. He added another first-place finish in the SCIAC in 2012, guiding Pomona-Pitzer to a 13-2-1 league mark (14-5-1) overall, and an 11-game winning streak, the program's longest since the 1973 team won 14 in a row.
Swartz joined Pomona-Pitzer after coaching at Thomas College, where he was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1985. He was also named the Far West Coach of the Year in 1990 with the Sagehens. Swartz has served as the Midwest and Far West Region Soccer Chair, as well as the SCIAC men's soccer chair.
Swartz graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a history degree, and completed his MBA at Thomas College in 1986.
While with Tottenham in 2013, Swartz served as the Academy Development Officer and worked with the Spurs youth program (coaching 12-21 year olds), as well as supporting the scholar division (17-21 years of age) in their development beyond soccer. He served in an advisory role to younger members of the coaching staff, and conducted coaching research through Tottenham's performance analysis department.
Mike Ditta has been named Associate Head Coach at Pomona-Pitzer after 8 years as an assistant coach at UC Irvine. During his stint at UC Irvine he assisted in leading the program to unprecedented success. After his arrival to the men’s soccer program in 2009, the program garnered three Big West Conference Championships(2009, 2011, 2013), three Big West Conference Tournament Championships(2010, 2011, 2013), four NCAA Tournament appearances(2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014), the highest national ranking in the program’s tenure(#2 in 2014), two round of “Sweet Sixteen” NCAA Tournament appearances, and upsetting the NCAA number one seed (Stanford in 2014), which he was instrumental in assisting these achievements.
Throughout his years as assistant coach he was pivotal in the recruiting process. The recruiting classes of 2010 and 2011 were nationally recognized as top-30 classes. From these classes, several All-Far West Region, All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, All Big West Conference, MLS, NASL, USL and even a US Men’s National team player has emerged.
Ditta quickly established himself as more than just a recruiter. In a few short years, he was provided the opportunity with more responsibilities which included, assisting with training development, match analysis, match day defensive preparations, player management, player evaluations, video operations, and scouting preparation. In 2013, he was promoted to full time assistant and began assisting with every aspect of the program.
Simultaneously he has extensive experience at the youth levels as a Director and Academy coach. Throughout his 20 plus seasons at the youth levels he continues to influence many player’s path towards achieving collegiate scholarships, professional contracts, and national team opportunities. During his experience at these levels, he’s been key in leading teams to several leagues and tournaments as well as both regional and national championships.
Ditta graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a sociology degree and completed his M.S. degree in Education Administration after a brief stint in the USISL with the LA Salsa reserve team from 1993-1994.
|Title:||Assistant Men's Soccer Coach|
|Previous College:||B.A., Chapman|
Claremont native Dalton Sweaney enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer program in 2016. Sweaney has coached with and known Head Coach Bill Swartz for over twenty years dating back to the early 1990s. Sweaney was given the responsibility of warmups beginning with the 2014 season and successfully ended the season with no soft-tissue injuries. Additionally, Sweaney assists in running training sessions.
After playing on the soccer team for Claremont High School, Sweaney was a four year starter as a midfielder for Chapman University from 2007-10 and led the Panthers in scoring and assists as a sophomore. He also was the leading scorer up until a season ending injury his senior year with five games left.
Sweaney graduated from Chapman in 2011 with a degree in accounting, and currently works as a certified public accountant at Gray, Salt and Associates in Claremont, in addition to his coaching duties.