Oct 2, 2020 | By Kevin Peterson | Photo courtesy of Colorado College
Rick Swan, head coach of the Colorado College volleyball team, has been a pivotal leader in the program’s success. Taking over the program in 1998, Swan hit the ground running, coaching the Tigers to 22 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship. He coached the 2017 Tigers volleyball team that earned the program’s first No. 1 ranking and won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) with an undefeated regular season schedule.
However, Swan recently announced that he is retiring after the 2020/2021 season. Although this is a huge loss for the program, Swan is leaving the team with a legacy of athletic and academic excellence, displayed in his own personal honors and his team’s accomplishments during his time as head coach of the Tigers.
“Hands down I’m going to miss the relationships with the players and [being] able to work with these young women and coach and train them; watching them grow over four years,” Swan said. “The memories I really cherish [are] being on the road with the group and traveling all over the country.”
Swan has made quite the impression on this program and these young women in his 22 years as head coach of the Tigers. Whether it be taking his players to the JFK Museum in Dallas or to Disneyland, Swan has always been invested in his players on and off the court. Like many other coaches at CC, Swan’s expectation was that his players excel on both the court and in the classroom.
“Rick is an incredible coach. He is driven, passionate, and committed to making his team successful. I feel lucky to have been coached by one of the most well-respected coaches in the nation. I wish him the best in his retirement,” said Meaghan Hohman ’23.
Swan has decided to move to Sint Maarten, in the Caribbean, where he is opening a restaurant called “The Salty Taco.”
“I’m excited to do something different and meet people from all over the world who are coming here to spend time on this beautiful island. I know a lot of the folks in the volleyball community here and I will be coaching and helping to create better player development on this island,” he said.
There is no doubt that Rick Swan is a huge loss for the program and CC community. However, the Tigers look forward to their last season with him as the program starts the process of finding his replacement.