Coach Swartz is from Fredonia, New York a small college town on the western side of the state. Coach Swartz ran four years of Cross Country and Track and Field for Fredonia High School. His senior year, his high school team went undefeated and Coach Swartz was awarded “Senior Athlete of the Year” for Fredonia High School.
Attending Plattsburgh State University, Coach Swartz continued his running career for the Division 3 Cardinals. Achieving the status of SUNYAC and Atlantic Region qualifier as well as team captain. During that time he graduated with a degree in Education and a passion for running and coaching. Coach Swartz began to coach when he could using the teachings of world renowned coach, Jack Daniels. Coach Swartz continues to study the sport of running and has coached middle school and high school athletes for 6 years. He is currently the 6th & 7th grade ELA teacher at Moore Middle School.
Assistant Coach – Chris Cottingham
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 has maintained that passion throughout the years. Coach Cottingham’s favorite weather to run in is the day after big snow fall, or anytime in the winter. Coach Cottingham currently is the 1st grade teacher at Parr Elementary School.
Assistant Coach – Abby Smith
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.