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Paul Stinson
Head Coach

Paul Stinson starts his fourth season leading the Bryn Mawr soccer program in the fall of 2019. He was named the sixth head coach in recorded history of the Bryn Mawr soccer program in the summer of 2016.

Coach Stinson came to the Greater Philly area in August 2012. Formerly an Assistant Coach at Haverford College with the men’s program, he helped guide the squad to an Elite 8 appearance in 2015, with a perfect Centennial Conference mark of 9-0 (regular season) and 2-0 (Centennial Tournament). He was also part of a second round appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and a Centennial Conference tournament title. The 2012 NCAA appearance was the first in 30 years for the Fords, and the tournament title was the team’s first since the conference’s inception.

Including his experience at Haverford, Coach Stinson has 16 years experience at the college level as both an assistant and head coach at the NCAA Division I & III levels with both men’s and women’s programs: Assistant Women’s coach at Clarkson University (2 years) in NCAA Division III; Women’s Head Coach Colby-Sawyer College (4 years), also NCAA Division III; and Assistant Coach for both Men and Women at Colgate University (5 years) in NCAA Division I. He also worked for one year at the NJCAA Division I level (two-year program with scholarships) at Iowa Central Community College as an assistant for both the men’s and women’s teams.

At the youth level, Coach Stinson worked with New Hampshire ODP (3 years), served as the Odyssey Sport SC Boy’s Director of Coaching (5 years), and Lower Merion SC. He currently coaches the Continental FC U17 NPL girls team, and the USSF Development Academy GKs (boys). He also works with the GDP staff at YSC/Union Juniors.

Coach Stinson’s college teams have appeared in the NCAA tournament 4 times (twice in Division I, twice in Division III) won NJCAA Region 11 titles (1 men’s & 1 women’s); three Patriot League regular season titles (‘09, ‘10, ‘11; 2 women’s, 1 men’s), two Patriot League tournament titles (1 men’s - 2011 & 1 women’s - 2009), and 2 Centennial Conference tournament title (2012 & 2015) as well as 2 Centennial regular season titles in 2013 and 2015. Haverford also had a tournament final appearance in 2014, losing 1-0 to a Muhlenberg team that made the Sweet 16.

Coach Stinson graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a BA in Sociology and a three year career on the field. He holds a “C” license through the USSF and is completing a Masters Degree in Leadership at Duquesne University.

Devon Swaim
Assistant Coach

Devon Swaim joined the Bryn Mawr soccer program in the spring of 2019. Swaim also serves as the head coach for Lower Merion Soccer Club’s U10A and U9B girls’ teams and is an assistant for the U11A and U18A teams.

Along with coaching club and college, Swaim just recently won the 2019 Region One Championship with her U17 girls Eastern PA ODP team. Prior to joining Bryn Mawr College, Swaim was a volunteer assistant at Villanova University for 2 years. Before Villanova, Swaim had coaching stints for Bucks County Community College, the United German Hungarian soccer club, and Neshaminy High School.

Swaim began her college career playing at the University of Tennessee where, in both years playing for the Lady Vols, she helped lead the team to multiple NCAA top 10 rankings and two NCAA tournament berths, with one resulting in a Sweet 16 appearance. After the 2007 campaign, her redshirt freshman year, Swaim was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. In 2008 they won the SEC East Division title, the regular season title, and SEC Conference Championship. Swaim then transferred closer to home and continued her playing career at West Chester University. Her overall record as a Golden Ram was 37-3-5 with two PSAC championships and two NCAA tournament berths. As a result of her efforts, Swaim was named to the NSCAA All-Region team. Devon graduated in 2012 with a degree in Professional Studies.

Growing up, Swaim played club soccer for the original F.C. Pennsylvania Strikers. She was in and out of U.S. Youth National team camps/pools and was a mainstay on the Region 1 and EPYSA State teams. She played three years at Neshaminy High School and picked up Suburban One League Player of the Year honors in 2006, along with being named an NSCAA/Adidas High School Regional All-American and the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association (PSCA) All-State Teams in 2004. Devon currently holds a USSF coaching license.

 

John Sanger
Assistant Coach

Bryn Mawr soccer is pleased to welcome Coach John Sanger to the staff.  Joining the Owls in February, 2018, John comes to Bryn Mawr after an accomplished 5 year stint at West Chester Henderson High School as an assistant with the Women’s Varsity. During this time he headed up the team’s defensive efforts and helped guide 20 players to all-league status. The highlight of Coach Sanger’s time at Henderson was winning 3 consecutive league championships from 2015-2017. During this time the team recorded 27 shutouts and held their opponents to an average of less than one goal per game.

At the club level, Sanger has successfully coached both boys and girls teams for the past 20 years. In addition to helping players develop their skills and a love for the game, many of Coach Sanger’s former players have moved on to productive college careers. He currently coaches at Continental FC where he was named the club’s first boy’s coach of the year in 2016.

Coach Sanger has enjoyed playing soccer at a variety of levels throughout his life. He was part of the prestigious Delco Select program as a youth player and was a member of Strath Haven High School’s inaugural soccer team where he scored the first goal in the school’s history. Coach Sanger has enthusiastically participated in amateur leagues in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Germany.

An active adult learner, Sanger holds several coaching degrees and licenses including the United Soccer Coaches Premier and Level 2 Goalkeeping Diplomas as well as a “C” and National Youth license from the United States Soccer Federation.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Coach Sanger majored in American History and minored in German Literature. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Widener University and is currently employed as a teacher with the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Coach Sanger and his wife Kathleen have lived in West Chester for over 20 years and have 3 sons (Andrew, Alex, and Ian). Andrew works at the Camphill Special School while both Alex (Ursinus College, 2019) and Ian (Ursinus College, 2022) are looking forward to playing in their first Centennial Conference game together as teammates this fall.

 

Chris Leonard
Assistant Coach

Chris Leonard has joined Bryn Mawr College Soccer as an Assistant Coach, with special attention for targeted projects including mental performance and organizing and running BMC Soccer clinics. In addition to coaching at Bryn Mawr College, Chris has been coaching youth soccer (8 to 16 years old) in Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2004 including High School and travel soccer. Chris’ background in the study of Management and experience in surviving in the tech start-up world along with his passion for the field of mental performance will help create a winning culture and mindset among the Bryn Mawr soccer players.

In 2012, Chris coached the LMSC Dynamite U-12 girls team to the Philadelphia Area Girls Soccer League championship. The team was undefeated, and also champions of the 2012 Welsh Cup "Silver Division." Chris excels as a developmental coach who consistently prepares players for promotion to higher levels of play. He holds a Junior Level V Diploma for coaches from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. 

In addition to coaching, Chris works for Microshare, Inc., a global software start-up based in Philadelphia. Chris is a Philadelphia native, raised in Spring House, PA. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, majoring in Management. A fluent Spanish speaker, he raised his children, Axel (Academy of Art University, Class of 2019), and, Mia (The New School, class of Class of 2021) in Buenos Aires Argentina.  Later moving back to Lower Merion Township, both graduated from nearby Harriton High School. Chris and his family lived in Buenos Aires from 2000 to 2004. All members of his family are fans of Boca Juniors, Lionel Messi, the Argentine National teams and USA soccer.