Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sacred Heart's Swanson to William and Mary?

This much we know for sure - William and Mary has hired its next women's basketball coach. The school has called a press conference for Tuesday morning to introduce the new leader.

Via Twitter, Bret McCormick of All Star Girls Report served up this nugget on who the new coach will be:
Later Sunday, the Connecticut Post also reported that Swanson is heading to Williamsburg, citing "multiple university administrative sources with knowledge of the situation."

Swanson, 46, has amassed a 406-264 record at Sacred Heart, which is located in Fairfield, Conn and plays in the Northeast Conference (NEC). In 14 years in the NEC, Swanson's Pioneers never finished below third place in the regular season standings and captured three conference tournament titles, The most recent one came in 2012, capping a season in which Swanson bagged his fourth NEC Coach of the Year award. The Pioneers followed that up with a 22-11 record in 2012-13 and a spot in the WNIT.

If the Swanson's the guy, he will be tasked with stabilizing a program that posted single-digit victory totals in two of the last three seasons for former coach Debbie Taylor - and just 10 in the other campaign - and hasn't finished with a winning record since 2006-07. Swanson's seen worse, though - the team he inherited at Sacred Heart years ago was coming off a 4-21 season.


  1. If this information is true, it is William and Mary's gain and SHU's loss. He is a great coach and a great person.

  2. This is great news! Debbie Taylor's firing was long overdue. As a parent of one of her players, I can attest that Debbie Taylor was a miserable person and should have been fired years ago! She deflated the spirit of several of her player's (ironically, most of her best players). She had no sense of honesty and integrity when dealing with player and parent issues. Lucky for her, she had an AD that was complacent. Several graduating players told the AD about her antics and it fell on deaf ears. As far as I'm concerned, he should go too! I am looking forward to Ed Swanson's arrival. He did a great job building SHU basketball. I consider this a great day for the Tribe's women's program. It appears we now have a coach who has the integrity and knowledge of the game to make W&M competitive in the CAA and someday, a presence in the NCAA tournament. I am confident that MR. Swanson will bring back "Tribe Pride" to a program that was lacking this during Debbie Taylor's term as head coach. GO TRIBE! The in coming recruits have no clue how lucky they are. The current players and parents should be dancing in the streets!!!!