Head Mens Soccer Coach
University of Saint Francis (Pa.) assistant coach Bediako Swan has been named the next head men’s soccer coach at Daemen College, director of athletics Traci Murphy announced today. Swan, who holds five years of experience as an assistant at the collegiate level, becomes the sixth head coach in team history. He takes over for Bobby McColl who left last fall to accept the head coaching position at Houghton College.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Bediako Swan to the Daemen family, and introduce him to Western New York’s Division II team,” said Murphy. “The search process produced a plethora of qualified candidates, and I am confident that we’ve identified a rising star in Bediako. It was easily apparent just how much passion he has for the game, and I’m looking forward to seeing that passion put to work with our student-athletes.”
Swan comes to Daemen after spending the 2018 season assisting the Division I program at St. Francis where he worked primarily with the team’s goalkeepers. Swan contributed to the Red Flash’s 9-5-3 campaign that included a 5-1-2 mark in Northeast Conference play. SFU goalkeepers posted a 1.18 goals-against average and compiled six shutouts last fall under Swan’s tutelage. In addition, Swan assisted with various aspects of the program including recruiting, game-planning and scouting of opponents.
Before going to SFU, Swan spent four seasons (2014-17) assisting the men’s soccer program at Division II Davis and Elkins College. The Senators averaged 10 wins per season in his tenure, which also included a run to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship finals and an NCAA Championships berth in 2017. Swan’s time at D&E also included two seasons serving in a dual role as an assistant coach with the Senators’ women’s soccer program. Read More