An important cog in the physical development of Army's varsity athletes, Scott Swanson is in his 12th year as the director of strength and conditioning at West Point.
A 1992 graduate of Wake Forest University, Swanson spent the 1995 and 1996 football campaigns as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Army before departing to serve in the same capacity at Stanford University. He returned one year later in 1998 to take over the Black Knights' head job.
Since his return to the Academy, Army has captured countless league championships and sent numerous teams to postseason competition, while Black Knight athletes have secured a host of All-America certificates since 1998.
Swanson oversees the unique task of training cadet-athletes at West Point. He directs the training of 1,000 athletes, operates three weight rooms and manages five off-site facilities throughout the country during summer assignments.
The Parkersburg, W.Va., native was instrumental in the development of Army's vast strength development center housed in the Kimsey Athletic Center, which opened in April 2003. The Kimsey Athletic Center houses coaches offices, spacious locker rooms, equipment rooms, an athletic training area, meeting space and an athletic hall of fame area. But perhaps the crown jewel of the building is its 20,000-square-foot strength development center that is under Swanson's direction.\
This area features state-of-the-art equipment to accentuate the overall development of a host of Army athletes, but most notably serves football.
Swanson possesses a wealth of strength and conditioning knowledge and maintains a vast repertoire of programs for overall athletic improvement. While at Stanford, his work with the gridders centered on speed development. During his one-year stay in Palo Alto, the Cardinal men's and women's swimming and diving teams captured National Championships and the men's basketball team reached the Final Four.
After earning three varsity football letters at Wake Forest, Swanson moved to the weight room as an undergraduate assistant strength coach. He was promoted to full-fledged assistant's status in 1992 and stayed until 1995, when he left for Army.
From May to August 1994, Swanson was the interim head strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater. Wake Forest had 18 All-Americans during his tenure, the men's basketball squad captured an Atlantic Coast Conference crown and the track team produced national champions in the shot put and discus.
While his chief focus is on the football squad, he and his staff also oversee the total strength and conditioning program for Army's other 24 intercollegiate sports programs.
A member of the National Strength Coaches Association, Swanson also speaks to various camps, classes and clinics. He was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach in the summer of 2005.
Swanson resides at West Point with his son, Thor.