Under Swiney’s guidance, the Green and White defeated three teams that were ranked in the NFHCA Top-10 and scored 33 goals, the sixth highest total in the program’s history. Seven of SRU’s losses were just one-goal defeats.
In addition to coaching two All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division selections in 2010 (Gabrielle Malishchak and Erin Moran), Swiney also oversaw a team that led all of Division II with a collective 3.55 grade point average.
She replicated the latter feat in her second season, as The Rock once again led the nation in team GPA in 2011. Malishchak earned her third straight All-PSAC honor and Moran was named to the NFHCA Senior All-Star game.
Swiney joined The Rock staff after serving four seasons as American International College’s first field hockey coach. She led the Yellow Jackets to two wins in each of their first two seasons before increasing the win total to five games in 2008 and six games in 2009. Included in the 2008 win total was a 3-2 victory over No. 6 St. Michaels, the Yellow Jackets’ first-ever win over a nationally ranked opponent.
She also served as Assistant Compliance Coordinator at American International and was a member of the NCAA Division II North Region advisory committee from 2008-10, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s All-American Committee and the North/South All Star Committee.
Prior to being named in May 2006 as head coach at AIC, Swiney served one season as an assistant coach under former Rock student-athlete and head coach Jenny Dumas at Washington & Jefferson College and two seasons as an assistant at Amherst College.
Swiney was also the director of the Revolution Field Hockey Camp in Pomfret, Conn., from 2008-10; head coach of U-14 Action Sports in Greenfield, Mass., from 2006-09 and head coach for the USA Field Hockey Futures Program, Great Lakes Region, in the spring of 2005. She has worked at numerous field hockey summer camps, including camps at Amherst, Stanford and William and Mary.
A 2003 graduate of The College of William and Mary, Swiney was a three-year starter in field hockey for the Tribe. She led the Tribe to a Top-20 national ranking in each of her three seasons and a pair of appearances in the NCAA Division I Tournament. As a senior, Zoolkoski Swiney was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Tournament Team and received the CAA Commissioners' Academic Award in 2002.
Swiney earned her B.S.B.A. in marketing from William & Mary in 2003 and her master's in education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2005.
A native of Mountaintop, Pa., and graduate of Crestwood High School, Swiney is married to Allegheny College Head Baseball Coach Kelly Swiney.