Scott Swanson has been hired to lead the South Carolina volleyball program, the school announced Friday.
Swanson will be the 11th head coach in the 38-year history of South Carolina’s volleyball program.
“Scott has had a tremendous impact in the volleyball community, working with USA Volleyball and as a head and associate head collegiate coach," South Carolina Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said in a statement. "His accomplishments in recruiting nationally recognized student-athletes, including three top-five classes, and his strong background in training will serve the South Carolina volleyball program well.”
Swanson comes to Columbia after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach then associate head coach at Minnesota. A perennial power, the Golden Gophers went 125-46 during Swanson’s five years in Minneapolis. He helped the Gophers to the 2009 NCAA Volleyball Championship national semifinals and two regional finals, while they made the NCAA Tournament in all five seasons. The program continually finished among the best in the Big Ten, one of the top conferences in the nation. The 2006, 2008 and 2010 teams all placed second in the league behind Penn State.
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"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be the next head volleyball coach at the University of South Carolina,” said Swanson. “It will be an honor to coach in the SEC, and I look forward to working with this team of hardworking young women very soon."