Ryan Swanson was named interim St. Bonaventure golf coach by Director of Athletics Tim Kenney on Jan. 4, 2016. Following the spring season, Swanson had the interim title removed and was named head golf coach.
In his first full season as head coach, Swanson led the Bonnies to their best season in years with a pair of wins and three top-two finishes during the 2016-17 campaign. St. Bonaventure won the Little Three Championship in September, then won again in a full field at the Binghamton Intercollegiate the very next week. Along with their strong play on the links, Bonnies golfers also excelled in the classroom as St. Bonaventure was honored by the NCAA for ranking in the top 10 percent of the nation in Academic Progress Rate (APR). Bonnies golfers finished the 2016-17 year with a 3.559 cumulative team GPA. Following the season, Corey Long was named an Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar for his success in the classroom and on the course.
Swanson is a St. Bonaventure Class of 2008 graduate who enjoyed a standout career as a member of the Bonnies golf team from 2005-08. The Sherman, N.Y. native compiled a career scoring average of 75.3 with St. Bonaventure, the fifth-lowest of any Bonnies player during the last 20 seasons.
While an undergraduate at St. Bonaventure, he was named Bonnies team captain and Most Valuable Player while a junior and senior. During his time in Brown and White, Swanson helped St. Bonaventure to one of its strongest periods in program history with 10 team victories. He was a key part of the Bonnies team that achieved a third-place finish at the 2007 Atlantic 10 Championship, highest in school history. Following that season, Swanson qualified for the Nationwide Tour event at Peek 'n Peak Golf Course.
Swanson captured the Chautauqua County Men's Amateur Championship in back-to-back years, including a three-under 69 to win the 2007 event at Peek 'n Peak. He was also named a Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar, one of just 96 college golfers in the nation to earn the honor in 2008, and qualified for the prestigious Porter Cup Amateur Tournament.
Following his time at Bonaventure, Swanson participated in the 2010 and 2011 National PGA Assistant Professional Championship and is a five-time winner on the Western New York PGA circuit including placing top five on the WNYPGA professional points list the past five years.
Swanson currently is the co-owner and head golf professional at Pinehurst Golf Club in Westfield, N.Y. He has also served as a boys basketball coach at Sherman (N.Y.) Central School since 2009.
"It's great to be a Bonnie, again!" Swanson said. "I am looking forward to coming back to what I call my second home and I can't be more excited to be a part of the St. Bonaventure golf program again. I'm grateful for this opportunity and excited to get started on our quest for our ultimate goal, an Atlantic 10 championship."