Jan. 16, 2008
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head cross country and track coach Kevin Swaim has announced his resignation after 13 seasons with the Bulldogs.
"I have been both humbled by and grateful for the loyalty shown to me by the GU athletic department. The experiences I have enjoyed in working with so many quality student-athletes in addition to working along side of so many capable colleagues has provided a collection of memories and friendships I will cherish for a lifetime," Swaim said. "With that said, I felt the time has come for me to step down from Gonzaga athletics."
Swaim leaves having coached the Bulldog women to the 1995 West Coast Conference title, the lone title in Gonzaga cross country history. He also coached the only individual cross country champion the Bulldogs have had in Cheska Fairbanks, who won the 1996 WCC title and is the only Bulldog to have competed in the NCAA Championship, finishing 14th that same year.
The Bulldog men finished second three times and third twice in the WCC Championship under Swaim's guidance, while the women had a first, two seconds and three third-place finishes. Both the men's and women's team competed in the NCAA Regional three times. He coached 19 All-WCC runners during his tenure and received four WCC Coach of the Year accolades, two as the men's coach and two as the women's coach.
"The team successes and sources of notoriety for the program during my time here have been fulfilling, to be certain. However, the most important source of fulfillment is the opportunity to have been a part of the personal development and athletic accomplishments of the hundreds of student-athletes I've coached. The relationships I've developed and continue to enjoy because of my time coaching at Gonzaga are by far some of the greatest personal rewards of my career."
"Kevin did an excellent job in his 13 years," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "He brought stability and credibility to the program."
Roth said an immediate search is underway to find a successor.