Bill Swartz has been the men's soccer coach at Pomona-Pitzer for 29 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 29 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 22 times (including 21 in the last 24 years). His career record now stands at 386-244-33 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.
Sheridan will enter his 14th season with the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer program in 2016. After serving for 10 years as an assistant coach with the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer program, Sheridan served as the interim head coach during the 2013 season while Head Coach Bill Swartz took a sabbatical to coach with the Tottenham Hotspur organization in England.
Sheridan's work as a goalkeepers coach was pivotal in Rollie Thayer '13 earning All-SCIAC honors and Nigel Brady '15 earning All-West Region honors during their senior seasons. He also assists in all other aspects of the program, including practice plans, recruiting, scouting and individual instruction.
In addition to assisting with Pomona-Pitzer, Sheridan has also served as the head coach at La Salle High School in Pasadena (his alma mater) for 12 years and has coached with the Santa Anita Soccer Club.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Sheridan played for four years at Loyola Marymount University under Paul Krumpe, starting thirty games in goal and helping the Lions reach the NCAA Division I Playoffs for the first time in school history. He set a school record for shutouts in a single season with six as a senior, which he still shares heading into the 2013 season, including shutouts on the road at California and No. 11 UCLA. His 10 career shutouts and 1.08 career goals against average both rank third on the all-time list for the Lions.
Sheridan graduated from Loyola Marymount in 2002 with a degree in history.
|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.