PHILADELPHIA - After six incredibly successful seasons as the offensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins, Dan Swanstrom was officially introduced as the new quarterbacks coach at the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday afternoon. Swanstrom replaces Larry Woods, who held that position for the last 19 years at Penn.
"Dan adds new insight, energy and expertise to our staff and we are really excited to have him," said head coach Al Bagnoli. "It is bittersweet, personally. We'll miss Larry and all the things he has done and achieved here, but we benefit from adding another very accomplished, energetic coach who is a great fit for our program."
"I couldn't be more excited to join Coach Bagnoli's staff and consider it an honor to be a part of Penn Football," said Swanstrom. "It is a storied program that strives for excellence and I can't wait to work toward winning a 17th Ivy League championship."
Swanstrom's impact on the Johns Hopkins offense was instrumental in the team's recent success, which includes a 56-13 record, five Centennial Conference titles, four trips to the NCAA Playoffs and one ECAC Championship in his six seasons at Homewood. Need more proof of his impact? Every significant offensive team record in school history was broken during his tenure and no less than 75 individual records fell during that time.
With Swanstrom calling the shots in 2009, the Blue Jays offense reached heights rarely seen at Homewood. Johns Hopkins averaged 29.8 points - the highest scoring average at JHU in more than 40 years. The Blue Jays tied or broke more than 15 school records on offense in 2009, when they won the Centennial Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
The Blue Jays grabbed a share of another Centennial title in 2010 and won the ECAC South Atlantic Championship largely on the strength of a passing attack that ranked ninth nationally (308.7). Hopkins quarterback Hewitt Tomlin set virtually every JHU season and career passing record and the Blue Jays produced their second consecutive CC Offensive Player of the Year. Among the team records the Blue Jays set in 2010 were marks for points scored (394), total offense (442.5) and passing yards (3,396).
The efforts in 2009 and 2010 were merely a prelude of things to come in 2011, when Swanstrom's high-powered attack shattered school records for points per game (39.8), total offense (492.7) and passing yards per game (312.3); the Blue Jays finished in the top 12 in the nation in all three categories and Tomlin added Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors.
With Tomlin gone, Swanstrom shifted gears and unleashed a potent ground game in 2012. Riding the back of senior Jonathan Rigaud, the Blue Jays set school records for rushing yards (3,034), rushing touchdowns (47) and points scored (441). Rigaud became JHU's fourth straight CC Offensive Player of the Year, grabbed D3football.com All-America honors and six offensive players earned All-Centennial recognition.
Most recently, in 2013, Johns Hopkins went unbeaten in the regular season (10-0) and Swanstrom's offense once again ranked among the top 10 in the nation. Quarterback Robbie Matey finished third in the nation with a school record completion percentage of 72.6 and passed for 2,677 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Swanstrom graduated from Rhodes College (Tenn.), where he was a three-time all-conference selection and a finalist (top 10) for the prestigious Gagliardi Trophy, which is presented annually to the top Division III player in the nation.
Swanstrom set more than a dozen school passing records at Rhodes and finished his career with 7,540 yards passing and 52 touchdown passes. He also rushed for more than 800 yards in his career, was named the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and was selected as a team captain in each of his final two years.
Swanstrom spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Redlands. There, he coached the quarterbacks (2006) and wide receivers (2007). He spent the 2005-06 school year as an assistant football and baseball coach at Stratford High School, where he coached current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in summer passing leagues. Luck was the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In addition to his coaching exploits and playing career at Rhodes, Swanstrom coached and played for the Darmstadt Diamonds of the German Football League.