James Madison, '96
Former professional soccer player Kyle Swords was appointed as the Bearcats volunteer assistant coach in 2008. He assists the UC program with on-field instruction, scouting, and provides in-depth training assistance.
Prior to joining the UC staff, Swords spent four seasons as the head boys varsity soccer coach at Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, Md. Under Swords' guidance, Loyola Blakefield was the 2005 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champions, earned national and regional rankings, and was honored with the NSCAA Team Academic Award. Swords also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Goucher College and was an assistant coach for the Maryland Olympic Development Program during his stint in Maryland.
Swords earned his bachelor of business administration degree from James Madison in 1996. He was a member of the JMU soccer team from 1992-1996, contributing to three Colonial Athletic Association championships and advancing to the NCAA Tournament every season - twice advancing to the quarterfinals.
After college, Swords continued his soccer career as a member of the A-League Hershey Wildcats (1997-2001), the Charleston Battery (2002), and the Harrisonburg City Islanders (2004). Additionally, he played professional indoor soccer, serving as a captain on the Harrisonburg Heat (1997-2001) and won the MISL championship with the Baltimore Blast (2003).
Swords is married to UC lacrosse coach Lellie Swords.