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NDC Names New Director of Athletics

Notre Dame College has named Scott Swain as its new director of athletics. Effective July 1, he will assume responsibility for the College’s 22 athletic teams, 37 coaches and more than 700 student-athletes.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Swain comes to Notre Dame from the University of Tennessee, where he served as an assistant director in the athletic department since 2006. At UT, Swain was a key leader of a volunteer athletic program that produced victories on the field and in the classroom.

Scott Swain
Scott Swain comes to NDC from the University of Tennessee.

At UT and in positions at the University of Northern Colorado (2005-2006), the University of Colorado (2003-2005) and Xavier University (1998-2003), he gained significant experience in managing those institutions’ academic support and compliance programs. Swain also served as Xavier’s head cross country and track & field coach after starting his career in collegiate athletics as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Miami (Ohio) University (1995-1998).

Swain’s tenure at UT was highlighted by three NCAA national championships (women’s basketball in 2007 and 2009, and women’s indoor track & field in 2009) and by successes in the classroom (46 percent of UT student-athletes posted a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in 2009).

As a seasoned leader with valuable experience in many facets of college athletics, Swain will be an integral part of the College’s transition to NCAA Division II membership.

“Scott Swain is a welcome addition to the Notre Dame community. He has a deep knowledge of and passion for athletics. But more importantly, he understands our athletic philosophy that defines our student-athletes as students first, athletes second,” said Dr. Andrew P. Roth, president of Notre Dame College. “He has the experience and the vitality to lead our athletic programs into NCAA DII competition this fall, and we look to him to be a fine ambassador for our College in many ways.”

Swain is a 1995 graduate of Ohio State University. He earned a Master of Science in Sport Studies from Miami University in 1997.

The new director of athletics joins the College as it continues its transition to NCAA-II and as Falcon teams begin competition as members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NDC will compete in the GLIAC in football, men’s and women’s soccer, and wrestling.

“I am excited to join the Notre Dame athletic family,” Swain said. “I’m impressed with Dr. Roth’s vision for athletics at the College, and I look forward to serving the institution and its programs and student-athletes. NDC is an Ohio success story and I’m proud to be involved in its next chapter.”