Aug 15, 2013
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland head men's soccer coach Mark Mettrick announced that Kyle Swarts will return to the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant goalkeeper coach. Swarts' primary responsibility will be training the Greyhounds at his former position.
"We are very pleased and excited that Kyle is rejoining our men's soccer coaching staff," Mettrick said. "Kyle is a very positive addition to our staff and has a very genuine interest in our program's long term success.
"Kyle coached here during a very successful time for our soccer program and has very good existing relationships with two of our current goalkeepers, Zach and Thurman. I think he understands what we are trying to achieve and will bring a lot of experience and quality to the coaching of our goalkeepers and players."
Formerly a four-year assistant goalkeeper coach at Loyola, Swarts stepped aside from the coaching staff in 2011 to focus on his job as a Director of Business Development in the healthcare industry.
"It was a challenge watching the game from the stands over the last two years," Swarts said. "When I was presented with the opportunity to come back and be part of this nationally competitive program, I jumped right on it. Loyola and the men's soccer program have embraced my family and have given me some of my fondest soccer memories, so this gives me an opportunity to give back.
"It's an exciting year for Coach Mettrick, the coaching staff and players, and I want to help them continue the rich soccer tradition as they start a new journey in the Patriot League."
During his four years at Loyola, from 2007-11, 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 West Virginia University, where he was selected to the BIG EAST Academic Honor Roll three times. Swarts graduated from West Virginia with business degree in 2003.
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. The couple resides in the Baltimore area with their daughter, Eva.