Mary Moan Swanson

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2013 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year

Mary Moan Swanson has spent a lifetime around golf, taking up the game at a young age with the rest of her golfing family. Swanson grew up in a strong junior golf program at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and began competing on the regional level at the age of 13. By the age of 16 she was competing nationally and was eventually recruited to play Division I golf at Princeton University. Swanson was an All-American at Princeton and won 16 collegiate titles as a Princeton Tiger.LPGA

After college, Swanson began her coaching career at the University of Florida as an assistant coach. After 2.5 years she received her first head coaching opportunity at Yale University. She coached the Bulldogs to 2 Ivy League titles and multiple individual and team championships. After 5 successful seasons at Yale, Swanson decided it was time to chase her dream of professional golf. From 2005-2009 Swanson competed on various mini-tours including the Futures Tour which at the time was the LPGA developmental tour.. In 2009 Swanson realized that it was time to put her professional aspirations aside and transition out of a full time playing career. It was at that time that she accepted the opportunity to become the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Bradley University.Over the course of her 12+years of coaching at the collegiate level Swanson’s players have combined for 3 conference player of the year awards, 20 individual tournament championships, 20 all-conference selections and 2 conference newcomer of the year awards. Swanson was named MVC Coach of the Year in 2013. Concurrent with her coaching duties, Swanson is pursuing her Class A LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership. She is currently a Class B.

Swanson’s experiences as a player and coach are very much influenced by the many mentors and coaches she has had as a player. She has a foundational understanding of the mechanics but understands the habits and skills that make high level players successful. Swanson brings her varied experiences as a lifetime player and coach to her teaching.