Through 27 seasons as a head coach, including the last 17 years at the helm of Virginia's program, Swanson has established himself as one of the elite coaches in collegiate soccer, and certainly one of the most respected. Swanson has led his teams to seven conference championships, 22 NCAA Tournament appearances and 26 consecutive winning seasons during his 27-year career. In his time as Virginia’s head coach, he has compiled a 269-81-40 record and coached 10 ACC Player of the Year selections, including the must recent selection with midfielder Alexis Shaffer in 2016.
Swanson appeared on the international stage in the summer of 2016 as an assistant coach with the USWNT in the Olympic Games in Brazil.
In the summer of 2015, Swanson served as an assistant coach for the United States as the Americans triumphed over Japan to win its third World Cup while he was watching two of his former UVA standout players, Morgan Brian (Class of 2015) and Becky Sauerbrunn (Class of 2007), play the entire 90 minutes of the final.