Marc Swindle returns to the sidelines for his second season as the head coach of the Air Force volleyball team -- and his eighth overall with the program. Swindle, who spent six seasons as an assistant for the Falcons before taking over the head coaching post in April 2016, has been a significant factor during the squad's rebuilding process.
Swindle, who took over a program that included only three Falcons with significant playing experience, saw his young squad win eight of their first 10 matches and post the program's best 10-match start to a coaching tenure since 1981. He collected his first coaching victory in the team's opener against Jacksonville State on Aug. 26, while the Falcons captured the team title at the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic and finished the non-conference slate with the program's best winning percentage (.692) in nearly two decades. Following a sweep of Fresno State during the Mountain West campaign, Swindle became the program's first Division I head coach to collect a double-digit win total in their debut season.
As an assistant coach at the Academy, Swindle saw the Falcons improve their single-season win total to 13 -- the most by an Air Force squad in more than a decade -- and tally the most conference wins (seven) since moving to Division I. He coached Akokwe Clement to back-to-back all-conference accolades -- the first such Division I occurrence in Academy history -- and helped Air Force to two High Honorable Mention recruiting awards from PrepVolleyball.com (2012, 2014).
In addition to his coaching duties with the Falcons, Swindle assists USA Volleyball at its National Team Tryouts in Colorado Springs every year. After working as a coach and trainer at several tryouts, Swindle has served as a lead evaluator for the last four years. In 2015, he served as the assistant coach of the Mountain West All-Star Volleyball Team that finished third at the European Global Challenge in Croatia.
This season, the Falcons’ coach will also serve on the All-American Selection Committee.
Swindle joined the Academy staff after spending two years as a volunteer assistant at the University of New Mexico. During his time on the sidelines, the Lobos compiled a 42-17 record, which included its first appearance at the NCAA Championships in 15 years.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, he spent over 20 years as a club coach, with his teams winning 16 age-group regional championships and 14 qualifications to the USA Volleyball National Championships. Two of the athletes he coached, Colleen Smith and Jeannie Fairchild, went on to receive AVCA All-America status as college players. Swindle also spent 10 years as the director of the New Mexico Juniors program, which grew from four teams to the largest club in New Mexico in just three years.
In 2004, Swindle founded University Athlete, Inc., a company that helped college volleyball coaches find, identify and communicate with over 100,000 club volleyball players. He was also the vice-president of Synch, Inc., a marketing and advertising agency that assisted such companies as the Santa Fe Opera and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Swindle graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1992, following a four-year career as a member of the UNM men's volleyball team. He was named the USA Volleyball Regional Player of the Year during the 1991-94 seasons.