Mary Washington Hires Westminster's Swiney as Next Coach


August 15 - Kelly Swiney, who spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Division III Westminster College, has been hired in the same capacity at Mary Washington. 

The interview process wrapped earlier this month and the school’s sports information office wrote via email this morning that Swiney’s hire would become official once his background check has been completed.

Swiney, who led Westminster to a 30-35 record in his two seasons at the New Wilmington, PA school, previously went 201-143 as the head coach from 2009-17 at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. In 2013, his Allegheny team advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference championship game. 

He has guided teams to winning campaigns in nine of his 11 seasons as a head coach. 

Mary Washington went 15-22 overall and 7-14 in the Capital Athletic Conference this spring in the final season under Wayne Riser, who was 147-117-1 in his seven years at the Fredericksburg school. Riser led the Eagles to five winning campaigns and appearances in the national Top 25 poll during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 

Swiney becomes the third coach in program history.

Tom Sheridan led Mary Washington to a 579-275-4 record and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in his 25 seasons from 1988-2012. The Eagles have averaged 22.7 victories and have a .646 winning percentage in the program’s 32 seasons. 

Photo of Kelly Swiney courtesy of Westminster Athletics