Ed Swanson, who built the Sacred Heart women’s basketball program into a power in the Northeast Conference and has led the Pioneers to three NCAA Tournaments since 2006, is one of five coaches in the running for the William & Mary job.
Swanson’s name was mentioned in a tweet Tuesday afternoon from Bret McCormick, who runs the website All-Star Girls Report about women’s basketball (www.asgrevents.com)
Swanson could not be reached for comment on the report Tuesday night. Ironically, much of the off-season speculation at SHU has centered around men’s basketball coach Dave Bike leaving. Bike is expected to retire sometime this off-season and turn the program over to assistant Anthony Latina, but nothing official has been announced.
McCormick reports the other candidates for the job are four assistant coaches: Ginny Doyle (Richmond), Mark Kost (Coastal Carolina), Andi Gross (Appalachian State) and Chris Day (Indiana).
William & Mary plays in the Colonial Athletic Association and finished 8-21 last season, losing in the tournament quarterfinals.
Swanson, 46, has been with the Pioneers since 1990 and has compiled a 406-264 record in 23 seasons. He also transitioned the program from the NCAA Division II to I level in 1999, turning the Pioneers into one of the NEC’s elite teams for much of the past decade.