|Alma Mater:||C.W. Post '71|
|Experience:||2nd Year at SU|
Sweeney returns for his second year as the defensive coordinator at Stevenson in 2012. During the Mustangs' inaugural season in 2011, the defense boasted the program's first-ever All-American as Donnell Brown was named to the Beyond Sports College Network All-America Team as an honorable mention selection.
Sweeney, inducted into the South Central Chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, has 33 years of college coaching experience, including 24 as a head coach. During that time, he has been associated with 11 conference champions and five NCAA championship appearances. He has totaled over 170 wins and has experience in Division I, II and III.
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. He was also named the 1989 Kodak Division II Coach of the Year and 1999 Atlantic Central Football Conference Coach of the Year.
Sweeney is no stranger to helping 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.
Mount Ida went 0-8 in Sweeney's first season in 2000, but posted six wins just four years later as the team improved its win total each year. The Mustangs were 6-2 in 2004 and were ranked as high as No. 10 in the ECAC New England Division III Poll. Sweeney 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.
At Dickinson, the Red Devils were 1-8 in Sweeney's first season in 1985 and in just three seasons, went 10-1 and were champions of the Centennial Conference and ECAC South Bowl in 1988. Sweeney spent eight years 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 a 44-5-3 record and five-straight Centennial Conference titles from 1988-92.
Under Sweeney, Dickinson also made two NCAA Division III Football Championship appearances in 1989 and 1991 and two ECAC South Bowl appearances in 1988 and 1992. The Red Devils won the ECAC South Bowl in 1988 while posting a 10-1 record.
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. He compiled a 15-5-1 record in four seasons as the head coach from 1975-78.
Prior to coming to Stevenson, Sweeney spent the 2009 season working as an assistant head coach at Red Lion Christian Academy where he was a part of the school's attempt to create a national powerhouse.
From 1996-99, Sweeney posted an impressive 30-11 record in four seasons at Frostburg State where he coached 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. The team also went 8-3 in 1999, winning the ACFC title and making its second ECAC bowl appearance in four years.
Sweeney also spent three seasons as the head coach at Division I-A Colgate from 1993-95.
Prior to Dickinson, 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 St. Sebastian's Country Day School, Sweeney served brief stints as an assistant coach at Comsewogue High School and the University of Vermont. He earned his master's degree at Vermont in 1973.
Sweeney is a 1971 graduate of C.W. Post where he 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.