Chris Swift joined Greenville University in 2013 as head men's soccer coach. Under Swift, the program emphasizes athletic excellence, academic excellence, and spiritual formation and character development. The Panthers will look to build on a very successful season on the field with a view of making it back to the NCAA Tournament. Academically, the program has earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Awards all six years Swift has been at the helm. Additionally, the program has a dedicated character development program and hosts regular Bible studies for team members, while also volunteering with the local recreational soccer program.
Prior to arriving at Greenville, Swift spent four years as an assistant coach at two NCAA Division I institutions (Eastern Kentucky University and Lamar University). In his one season at EKU, the team finished 10-7-3, posting the first winning record in program history. The Lamar University soccer program improved all three years that Swift was a member of the coaching staff, culminating in 2011 when the Cardinals enjoyed the most successful season in the five-year history of the program, earning the No. 3 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament.
A 2006 graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science, Swift holds five coaching certifications – United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, USSF "C" License, USSF National Youth License, United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma, and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certification.
He and his wife, Marissa, reside in Greenville with their son Owen.