Dan Swier is the fourth coach in the program's history. Swier was a member of the Northwestern soccer teams from 2002-2005 and was a three year starter, leading the team in points during the 2005 campaign and finishing fourth all-time in goals scored in a career. During his playing career, Northwestern tied for the GPAC championship in 2004 and the team was 24-17-2 in conference games.
Last season, Swier guided Northwestern to their fourth top three finish in the conference in the last five years. The Raiders finished with 12 wins and notched their fifth straight season with 10+ wins, which is equal to the total number of 10-win seasons in the first 16 years of the program’s existence. Although they fell short in the conference tournament with a heart-breaking loss to Concordia in the quarterfinals, Swier’s teams have accumulated a record of 57-33-6 over the last five seasons (30-17-3 in conference play).
“Northwestern is a place that impacts lives. I was impacted greatly as a young man when I was a student here and it is my hope that my players have a similar experience. Every student-athlete that goes through the men’s soccer program will experience relationships in a new and better way. As a coaching staff we feel that our most important role is to help boys mature into young men that are equipped to face the challenges of life after college. We want them to be great husbands, fathers, employees, co-workers, and followers of Christ," said Swer.
Following his playing career at Northwestern, Swier attended University of Texas at Arlington earning his Master's degree in exercise physiology. Swier currently teaches a number of courses in the kinesiology department.
Swier and his wife Morgan along with their three daughters, Brooke, Eva, and Kate, reside in Orange City.
Raiders Under Swier
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