Ryan Swanson enters his fifth season at the helm of the St. Bonaventure golf program in 2020-21.
Swanson, a St. Bonaventure Class of 2008 graduate, was named interim golf coach on Jan. 4, 2016 and had the interim title removed following the 2016 spring season.
During his time leading the program, Swanson has re-energized Bonnies golf.
He guided the Bonnies to their best season in recent memory during the 2017-18 campaign as he oversaw three tournament victories - the most for Bona since 2007. During the season, the Bonnies captured a six-stroke victory in a field of 17 teams at the Towson Spring Invitational as well as repeated as champions in another 17-team field for the Binghamton Intercollegiate. St. Bonaventure won its second consecutive Little Three Championship and also won the first-ever Murray Cup in head-to-head action with Siena. The Bonnies also took their best-ever finish in the Atlantic 10 Match Play Championship by tying for third after knocking off top-seeded Dayton in the first round and then tying Florida Atlantic. A fourth-place finish at the Cornell Invitational and eighth-place showing at the prestigious Kingsmill Intercollegiate also highlighted a tremendous season. Freshman Danny Gianniny tied the program record by being named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week four times while junior Brent Morgan also captured an A-10 Golfer of the Week nod.
In 2018-19, the Bonnies continued their rise in the conference led by senior Brent Morgan who finished the year with a scoring average of 73.03, second-lowest in program history while sophomore Danny Gianniny's average season score of 73.39 is third-lowest. The Bonnies also remained in contention until the final day of the Atlantic 10 Championships before settling for a seventh-place finish. As a team in 2018-19, the Bonnies averaged a tournament team score of 295.29 which is the second-lowest average total in program history.
All but one of the players on the roster were named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in Spring 2019 and the team posted a cumulative GPA of 3.598, highest on campus. Following the year the Bonnies were honored by the NCAA for ranking in the top 10 percent of the country in Academic Progress Rate (APR) - and made it six straight years of earning recognition from the NCAA in spring 2020. During the '19-20 campaign, the Bonnies remained the dominant collegiate program in Western New York with another Little Three Championship victory, Bona's fourth straight, over rivals Canisius and Niagara. Junior Christian Chapman was on pace to break the program's all-time season scoring record before the COVID-19 shutdown with a season average of 72.4.
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 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 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."