|Overall Record:||at CMS: 4-14|
Kyle Sweeney returns for his third year at the helm of Stag Football. In his first season, CMS finished third in the SCIAC and two of their three conferences losses were by six points or less. His second season required rebuilding as the Stags started 17 freshmen and sophomores each week.
Sweeney came to CMS after two years as the defensive coordinator at the University of Chicago. During those two years, Chicago enjoyed their best season since 1998 and back to back winning seasons for the first time since 2001. In 2010 Chicago won the University Athletic Association title outright. Coach Sweeney's defense finished last season with national rankings of second in sacks and third in tackles for loss, as well as leading the conference in rushing defense.
Coach Sweeney was the head coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. From his first to second season, the team was arguably the most improved team in the country. The scoring offense and defense improved a combined 29.5 points per game, including moving up more than 140 positions in three Division III statistical categories during his stay.
Prior to MacMurray College, Coach Sweeney served as the defensive coordinator at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts for four seasons. The defense amassed some impressive statistics during his tenure. Endicott had seasons that included leading the nation (all divisions) with 30 interceptions, first in Division III in turnovers gained and third in pass defense. In 2004, Endicott ranked 19th nationally in rushing defense. In 2005 and 2006 Endicott ranked in the top 10 nationally in several defensive categories, including a first in turnover margin, third in pass defense as well as 12th in scoring defense. Endicott also ranked first in the New England Football Conference in scoring defense in 2006. All are impressive feats considering there were more than 230 teams in Division III and Endicott's first year of competition was 2003.
Preceding Endicott, he worked as a recruiter at his alma mater, Occidental College, during the spring of 2002 where he helped recruit a team of Tigers that led Oxy to a 9-1 record, including two NCAA playoff wins in 2004, and a 9-1 finish, including a playoff appearance in 2005.
Coach Sweeney was the defensive back coach at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois for two years. During those two years, Illinois Wesleyan won back-to-back conference titles for the only time in the last 45 years and was ranked in the top 20 nationally in Division III by the American Football Coaches Association each season. While at Illinois Wesleyan, two of Coach Sweeney's defensive backs earned All-American recognition and both were selected to play in the Aztec Bowl, the annual Division III All Star game at that time.
As an undergraduate, Coach Sweeney was a four-year starter at strong safety for Occidental College. During his senior year, he enjoyed a opportunity unique in college football today, playing both wide receiver and strong safety. He was also a four-year starter on the baseball team at Occidental.
Coach Sweeney graduated from Jesuit High School in Sacramento, California. During his high school career he competed in football, baseball and track with his teams winning section titles in all three sports. One year he was allowed to compete in two sports at the same time, playing baseball and running track. His senior year, the football team finished undefeated, winning the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section title and was ranked 12th in the state of California out of more than 1,300 high schools. That year he received the prestigious "Iron Man" award for football.
Kyle and his wife, Ann live in Claremont with their daughters Kira and Lara.