Sweeney Named Assistant Football Coach at Stevenson
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson announced on Friday that Ed Sweeney, the 1989 Kodak Division II Coach of the Year at Dickinson and most recently the head coach at Mount Ida, has been hired as an assistant football coach and defensive coordinator. Sweeney brings 32 years of college coaching experience to Stevenson, including 24 as a head coach.
As a head coach from 1985 to 2008 at four different schools, Sweeney won 118 games, six conference championships and one ECAC title while making two NCAA championship appearances and three ECAC South Bowl appearances.
In addition to his Kodak Division II Coach of the Year award, he was also named Atlantic Central Football Conference Coach of the Year in 1999.
In 32 collegiate seasons, Sweeney has been a member of 11 conference champions and five NCAA championship appearances. He has been associated with over 170 wins at the collegiate level and has experience at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels.
Sweeney is no stranger to helping to build a winning tradition as evidenced by his track record as a head coach at Mount Ida, Dickinson and St. Sebastian's Country Day School. After taking over at Mount Ida in 2000, the team went 0-8 in his first season, but just four seasons later, he guided the Mustangs to a mark of 6-2 as they improved their win total each year.
At Dickinson, the Red Devils were 1-8 in Sweeney's first season in 1985 and in just three seasons, were 10-1 and champions of the Centennial Conference and ECAC South Bowl in 1988.
In 1975, Sweeney led St. Sebastian's Country Day School to a record of 3-3-1 in his first season before leading the team to a mark of 7-0 in 1977.
Sweeney won 22 games at Mount Ida from 2000-08, leading the Mustangs to a 6-2 record in 2004 and a ranking as high as No. 10 in the ECAC New England Division III Poll. He also won his 100th career game that season with a 25-23 victory at Maine Maritime Academy on September 11.
In addition to his football duties, Sweeney was also responsible for the academic supervision and advising for all student-athletes at Mount Ida.
From 1996-99, Sweeney posted an impressive 30-11 record in four seasons at Frostburg State where he coached current Stevenson head coach Ed Hottle and gave him his first coaching job as an intern and later defensive line coach in 1999.
Sweeney led the Bobcats to no fewer than six wins in each season, highlighted by their 9-2 record and ECAC South Bowl championship in 1996 and their 8-3 mark and ACFC title in 1999 when the team made its second ECAC bowl appearance in four years.
Sweeney spent three seasons as the head coach at Division I-A Colgate from 1993-95 where he won six games, including three each in 1993 and 1994.
Prior to Colgate, Sweeney spent eight years as the head coach at Dickinson where he totaled 56 wins and won 71 percent of his games from 1985-92. He still ranks second in school history in wins and led the Red Devils to five consecutive Centennial Conference titles from 1988-92 as they posted an impressive 44-5-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Division III Football Championship in 1989 and 1991.
Dickinson also made two ECAC South Bowl appearances in 1988 and 1992, winning the title in 1988 after posting a 10-1 record.
Sweeney was the assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator at Boston University from 1978-84 during which the Terriers went 52-25-1 and won five Yankee Conference championships and made three appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship.
Before going to Boston, Sweeney was the head football coach at St. Sebastian’s Country Day from 1975-78 where he compiled a 15-5-1 record after brief stints as an assistant coach at Comsewogue High School and the University of Vermont.
A 1971 graduate of C.W. Post, Sweeney played football for the Pioneers from 1967-70, serving as a team captain as a senior. He was later inducted into the university's football hall of fame. He later earned his master's degree from Vermont in 1973.
Stevenson, who first announced its plans to add a football team in June 2009 and hired its first head coach in November, will take the field for a developmental season in fall 2010 with the plan of beginning intercollegiate competition in fall 2011.