Dan Swalga has been the Director of Athletics at Point Park University since 2006, and the 2016-17 school year is his 11th with the Pioneers.
Swalga brings a wealth of experience to the Pioneers' athletic department as he has more than 30 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics and higher education.
Since his arrival at Point Park in the summer of 2006, Swalga has overseen all aspects of the athletic department, which includes 17 varsity sports.
During his time at Point Park, the Pioneers' athletic department has experienced great success. The department has been at the top of its confeence in recent years winning the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Sports Commissioner's Cup three out of the last four years including the last two in a row -- 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16. The award signifies the Pioneers as the best overall athletic department in the conference during those years.
Significant accomplishments during Swalga's time at Point Park include increasing the number of varsity, intercollegiate sports offerred to the highest ever for the school, which is the current offering of 17 sports. That includes the addition of men's and women's golf, men's and women's track and field (indoor and outdoor) and competitive cheer and competitive dance teams under Swalga's guidance.
Another big highlight during Swalga's time was the Pioneers being accepted into the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2012. The Pioneers joined the KIAC (now called the River States Conference as of July 1, 2016) when its previous conference of more than a decade, the American Mideast Conference, disbanded. Swalga guided the department to the new conference membership, which maintained a conference affiliation and Point Park's long-standing membership in the NAIA.
Other highlights of Swalga's time at Point Park include providing leadership for the school's first-ever the on-campus athletic facility, the Student Center Gym, in 2012,, acquiring new partnerships with off-campus athletic venues such as Highmark Stadium for men's and women's soccer, Point Park Field at Green Tree Park for baseball and Fairhaven Park for softball.
Prior to Point Park, Swalga was the Director of Athletics and the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Pitt-Greensburg for 14 years. During his time with the Bobcats, Swalga directed an athletics program that included 12 varsity sports while also managing the student center and the intramural program.
Pitt-Greensburg is a member of NCAA Division III, and Swalga coordinated the 'NCAA by 2000' fundraising campaign. That project enhanced finances for athletics and campus life.
Swalga began his career in intercollegiate athletics at Robert Morris University, where he was the head women's basketball coach and the Director of Student Activities for 13 years from 1979-92.
During this time at Robert Morris, Swalga developed the Colonials' women's basketball team from the AIAW Division II level to NCAA Division I status. Robert Morris won the Northeast Conference title in 1989 and 1991, and Swalga was named the NEC Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1989.
As the Director of Student Activities at Robert Morris, he advised 30 student organizations, programmed and coordinated co-curricular activities and served as an instructor at the university.
Swalga was inducted into the Robert Morris Hall of Fame in 2006.
Swalga is a graduate of LaRoche College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Religious Studies in 1975. He earned a Master's of Science Degree in Education from Duquesne University in 1981.
Swalga and his wife Janet have two children, Jason and Mike.