Graduate Assistant Coach
Matthew Swan is entering his second season as the graduate assistant coach for the Railsplitters.
In his first year on staff, where Swan worked primarily with the goalkeepers, the Railsplitters went 10-5-3 overall and earned a berth to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. LMU also compiled its third straight 10-win season. LMU’s goalkeepers posted the eighth-lowest goals against average in program history under Swan’s tutelage.
A native of Newport South Wales, United Kingdom, Swan came to LMU after completing a stellar four-year career at Gardner-Webb University. In his four seasons in Boiling Springs, N.C., Swan made 55 appearances with 54 starts in goal for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, compiling a 2.00 goals against average and a .709 save percentage over that span.
He received various accolades throughout his college career, including Big South All-Freshman Team, runner-up for Big South Freshman of the Year, Big South Defender of the Week and UAB All-Tournament Team in 2015. He also completed the 2014 campaign ranked 10th in the nation in saves per match.
Prior to beginning his college journey, Swan was a member of the Newport County Club Team and served as the captain of the Newport County Youth 18s. He also won the F.A. Trophy Final with Newport County, and was a member of the Welsh Schools team that played at Wembley.
Swan has a variety of coaching experience. He served as a camp counselor at the Runnin’ Bulldogs Camp from 2014-17, and also spent the summer of 2016 as a private goalkeeper coach in Charleston, W. Va. Swan volunteered with the West Virginia Chaos youth team in the summer of 2015.
Swan graduated from Gardner-Webb with a bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in business administration in May 2017.