Mary Swanson was named the Washington University in St. Louis head women's golf coach on July 27, 2018.
In Swanson's first season on the Danforth Campus, she led the Bears to the NCAA Tournament and an 11th place finish. The team reached No. 1 in the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Poll on Oct. 1, 2018. WashU totaled four tournaments wins in Swanson's first year at the helm which three individuals finished the year ranked in the top-75 Division III golfers according to Golfstat.
Swanson was named the 2018 LPGA Midwest Women's Coach of the Year on Oct. 8, 2018. She was also named to The Kerry Cup coaching staff in the summer of 2019, which is a golf tournament that features some of the top junior golf talent in the world.
WashU set several records under Swanson, including the lowest round (289 at the Rhodes Classic), lowest 36-hole score (588 at the Illinois Wesleyan Classic) and the lowest 72-hole score (1,276 at the NCAA Division III National Championship). In addition, the Bears posted a program-best scoring average in 2018-19 (310.24).
Prior to WashU she spent eight seasons as the head women’s golf coach at Bradley University. She is the third women’s golf coach in WashU history.
During her eight-year run with the Braves, Bradley student-athletes claimed four Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Golfer of the Year awards, 13 First-Team All-Valley selections and a trio of league Newcomer of the Year honors. She was also named the 2012-13 MVC Coach of the Year.
Swanson served as head women’s golf coach at Yale University from 2000-05, directing the Bulldogs to a pair of Ivy League championships in 2002 and 2003. She had 13 student-athletes earn all-conference honors, including the 2005 Ivy League medalist.
Following five seasons at Yale, Swanson pursued a full-time professional playing career, qualifying for the LPGA's developmental Duramed Futures Tour each of her last five seasons. As part of her qualification, she boasts four professional wins on the Moonlight Golf Tour and a pair of top 10 finishes on the SunCoast Ladies Series.
Swanson won 16 collegiate tournaments during her undergraduate playing career at Princeton, including the 1997 Ivy League championship. She was a 1997 National Golf Coaches Association All-America selection after qualifying for the NCAA Championship. Swanson earned her bachelor's degree in history with a certificate in American studies from Princeton in 1997.
She began her coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Florida from 1998-2000, and earned her master's degree in exercise and sport sciences with a concentration in sport management from Florida in 2003.
A native of Far Hills, N.J., Swanson and her husband Darmon have two children: Lauren and TJ.
Updated June 19, 2019