Head Coach – Jack Swartz


Originally from Buffalo, New York, Coach Swartz moved to Colorado in the summer of 2013 to take the 4th grade teaching position at Custer County. Coach Swartz is currently the 5th grade teacher at Little Elementary. His love of teaching has always been followed by his love of sports, coaching, and running. He was also in charge of the Distance Program at Custer County for the last two years. During his time at Custer County he coached 15 State qualifying athletes including four state runner – up finishes in two years.

Coach Swartz run four years of Division 3 Cross Country and Track & Field. He was a two time captain of a nationally qualifying Cross Country team. He was also a four time SUNYAC qualifier as well as a two time Atlantic Regional qualifier.

“What I really enjoyed about college athletics was my team. Being a part of a group of people working towards a single goal was something special. It was a lifestyle for us, putting in the work, the time and it’s nice to be able to pass that down to the runners I coach now.”

pomona-xc-2016-6Assistant Coach – Chris Cottingham

Email: ccotting@jeffco.k12.co.us

Coach Cottingham is a fellow Panther and cross country alumni. Coach Cottingham ran for Pomona during his junior and senior years, and graduated in 2009. Running is coach Cottingham’s passion, and he has maintained that passion throughout the years. Coach Cottingham’s favorite weather to run in is the day after a big snow fall, or anytime in the winter. Currently Coach Cottingham is working on his Master’s in education at the University of Northern Colorado.


pomona-xc-2016-7Assistant Coach – Abby Smith

Email – aesmith@jeffco.k12.co.us

Abby Smith is a math teacher at Pomona High School.  After teaching and coaching in Virginia for four years, she and her husband decided to trade in the Appalachian Mountains for the Rockies. Coach Smith has loved running ever since joining her own cross country team.  She has completed several half and full marathons.