Bill Swartz has been the men's soccer coach at Pomona-Pitzer for 31 years, since first taking over the helm in 1986, and has led the Sagehens to seven SCIAC titles. Recently, he led Pomona-Pitzer to a SCIAC championship in 2012, took a sabbatical in 2013 to coach with the Tottenham Hotspur organization in England, and returned in 2014 to lead the Sagehens to a SCIAC Postseason Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament bid, while earning the league Coach of the Year honors.
During his 31 years as the head coach of the Sagehens, Swartz's programs have been a model of consistency. Pomona-Pitzer has reached 10 wins or more 18 times in that span, and have finished .500 or better 24 times (including 22 in the last 25 years). His career record now stands at 403-259-37 after bringing in a record of 76-30-6 from Thomas College.
Swartz quickly built the program up after taking over the helm in 1986. After losing seasons in two of his first three years, he led the Sagehens to a second-place finish in the SCIAC in 1989 and a league championship in 1990. From 1996-2006, his teams won nearly twice as many games as they lost, going 132-69-7 in that span, while winning four SCIAC titles.
In 2009, Swartz guided the Sagehens to a 13-4-2 overall record and a first-place finish in the SCIAC with an 11-1-2 conference mark, the best league record of his career. He added another first-place finish in the SCIAC in 2012, guiding Pomona-Pitzer to a 13-2-1 league mark (14-5-1) overall, and an 11-game winning streak, the program's longest since the 1973 team won 14 in a row.
Swartz joined Pomona-Pitzer after coaching at Thomas College, where he was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1985. He was also named the Far West Coach of the Year in 1990 with the Sagehens. Swartz has served as the Midwest and Far West Region Soccer Chair, as well as the SCIAC men's soccer chair.
Swartz graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a history degree, and completed his MBA at Thomas College in 1986.
While with Tottenham in 2013, Swartz served as the Academy Development Officer and worked with the Spurs youth program (coaching 12-21 year olds), as well as supporting the scholar division (17-21 years of age) in their development beyond soccer. He served in an advisory role to younger members of the coaching staff, and conducted coaching research through Tottenham's performance analysis department.
Mike Ditta has been named Associate Head Coach at Pomona-Pitzer after 8 years as an assistant coach at UC Irvine. During his stint at UC Irvine he assisted in leading the program to unprecedented success. After his arrival to the men’s soccer program in 2009, the program garnered three Big West Conference Championships(2009, 2011, 2013), three Big West Conference Tournament Championships(2010, 2011, 2013), four NCAA Tournament appearances(2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014), the highest national ranking in the program’s tenure(#2 in 2014), two round of “Sweet Sixteen” NCAA Tournament appearances, and upsetting the NCAA number one seed (Stanford in 2014), which he was instrumental in assisting these achievements.
Throughout his years as assistant coach he was pivotal in the recruiting process. The recruiting classes of 2010 and 2011 were nationally recognized as top-30 classes. From these classes, several All-Far West Region, All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, All Big West Conference, MLS, NASL, USL and even a US Men’s National team player has emerged.
Ditta quickly established himself as more than just a recruiter. In a few short years, he was provided the opportunity with more responsibilities which included, assisting with training development, match analysis, match day defensive preparations, player management, player evaluations, video operations, and scouting preparation. In 2013, he was promoted to full time assistant and began assisting with every aspect of the program.
Simultaneously he has extensive experience at the youth levels as a Director and Academy coach. Throughout his 20 plus seasons at the youth levels he continues to influence many player’s path towards achieving collegiate scholarships, professional contracts, and national team opportunities. During his experience at these levels, he’s been key in leading teams to several leagues and tournaments as well as both regional and national championships.
His playing experience included 2 years at the USISL 3rd Division team LA Cobras(LA Salsa reserve team). There he was captain leading his team to a Southwest Division title and earned MVP honors at the USISL Finals in 1993. He later played two seasons at Vanguard University being named captain in 1996, leading that team to the program's first every GSAC Tournament Championship match. He earned GSAC 1st Team and All-Far West Region 1st Team honors. Finished his collegiate career at Azusa Pacific University in 1998, helping that team to a ranking of 5th in the NAIA that season.
Ditta graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 1999 with a B.A. in Sociology. Later completed his M.S. in Education Administration from National University in 2004.
Originally from Riverside then moved to Orange County to begin college. Currently and for the past 18 years has lived in Yorba Linda with his wife, Alana and daughter, Maddie.
|Title:||Assistant Men's Soccer Coach|
|Previous College:||B.A., Chapman|
Claremont native Dalton Sweaney has been an assistant coach for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer program since 2013. Sweaney has coached with and known Head Coach Bill Swartz for over twenty years dating back to the early 1990s. Sweaney continues to develop his coaching responsibilities. Said Sweaney, “to be able to be in such an elite atmosphere every day in training and learn from such experienced coaches has been a tremendous benefit to my growth and development as a coach.”
After playing on the soccer team for Claremont High School, Sweaney was a four year starter as a midfielder for Chapman University from 2007-10. Sweaney graduated from Chapman in 2011 with a degree in accounting, and currently works as a certified public accountant at Gray, Salt and Associates in Claremont, in addition to his coaching duties.
|Title:||Assistant Men's Soccer Coach|
|Previous College:||Kansas State '91|
Jerome Martial Millet is in his fifth year serving as an assistant coach with the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team. He has previously assisted the men's soccer program at Whittier and has served as the goalkeeper coach at Cal State Los Angeles.
Millet also has international experience, serving as a goalkeeper coach for the French U17 national team and the Qatar national team. He has served as a track and field coach as well, including collegiately for Cal State San Marcos.
Millet graduated from Kansas State University in 1991, where he was a member of the track and field team, he is a native of Paris, France where he played for the French National team for U19 and U20 and youth in the PSG Academy.