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Harkin, Swarts Return To Men's Soccer Coaching Staff

July 8, 2011

BALTIMORE - After a year's hiatus, Bryan Harkin and Kyle Swarts are returning to the Loyola University Maryland men's coaching staff for the 2011 season, Head Coach Mark Mettrick announced today.

Harkin, who was the team's volunteer assistant coach in 2009, will serve as an assistant coach, while Swarts, who was an assistant coach at Loyola from 2007-2009, will join the staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Steve Pfeil, who was an assistant coach in 2010, is leaving the program to move with his family to the Chicago area.

"I am very pleased to welcome Bryan and Kyle back to the program," Mettrick said. "In their time at Loyola, both made valuable contributions during a very successful period for Loyola Soccer. They are both very passionate about the program and we are very pleased to have them back

"I would like to recognize Steve Pfeil , our goalkeeping coach who is leaving us. Steve has done a tremendous job, and I would like to thank him sincerely for all his efforts. I feel Steve has made an extremely valuable contribution to the development of our Loyola program and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

Harkin returns to the program after spending the last year with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the United Soccer League. The Derry, Northern Ireland, native was on the 2009 staff and helped guide the Greyhounds to their third-consecutive bid to the NCAA College Cup.

He was a standout as an undergraduate at fellow a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school, Fairfield University, from 1999-2002, earning All-MAAC honors in 2001 and 2002 and All-North-Atlantic Region laurels in 2002 from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He then went on to play for the Cape Cod Crusaders in the USL's Premier Development League, helping the side win the 2002 national title.

Harkin ventured from New England to the Mid-Atlantic area and became an assistant women's soccer coach at Mount St. Mary's University for three seasons. As a player, Harkin continued his professional career as a member of the Crystal Palace Baltimore F.C. He was a mainstay in the midfield for the Eagles, making 48 appearances in USL Second Division and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches since 2007.

Harkin earned his bachelor's degree from Fairfield and a master's degree at Mount St. Mary's. He is engaged to former Loyola assistant athletic trainer, Kate Hill, who is now a physician's assistant student at Arcadia University.

Swarts stepped aside from the coaching staff last year to focus on his job as a Director of Business Development in the healthcare industry.

During his three years at Loyola, Swarts tutored the Greyhounds' goalkeepers as Loyola reached a school Division I record three-consecutive NCAA College Cups.

Under his tutelage, Milos Kocic '08 became one of the top goalkeepers in the nation. Kocic led Division I in goals against average in 2007 and was an NSCAA All-America Second Team member in 2008. He was a second round draft pick by D.C. United in the MLS SuperDraft and currently plays for the MLS' Toronto F.C.

Swarts was a standout goalkeeper himself at, and graduated with a business degree from, West Virginia University where he was selected to the BIG EAST Academic Honor Roll three times.

During his college career, he was selected to the U.S. Regional Team and represented the East at the 2002 U.S. Olympic Festival in Chicago. While playing for the regional team, Swarts spent time training in Switzerland, Belgium, France and Liechtenstein.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Swarts returned to his hometown after graduation and served as head coach for the Buffalo United Soccer Club.

Swarts is married to the former Mary Rackovan and lives in the Baltimore area.