Kyle Sweeney
Kyle Sweeney
Title: Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Phone: 909-607-1768
Email: kyle.sweeney@cms.claremont.edu
Year: 8th
Overall Record: at CMS: 30-33, .476
SCIAC Record: 23-25, .479
College: Occidental College
Office Location: Roberts Pavilion 232

Kyle Sweeney is in his eighth year at the helm of Stags Football in 2018, and during his tenure, the program has seen an impressive transformation. After suffering a winless season with a young and rebuilding team in 2012, Sweeney quickly built the program up to back-to-back 7-2 finishes in 2015 and 2016, finishing as the SCIAC runner-up in 2015 with a 6-1 league mark. 

Sweeney came to CMS after two years as the defensive coordinator at the University of Chicago.  During his tenure, 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, while Sweeney's defense finished ranked second nationally in sacks and third in tackles for loss, as well as leading the conference in rushing defense.

Before accepting the defensive coordinator job at Chicago. 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, including leading the nation (all divisions) with 30 interceptions, while ranking first in Division III in turnovers gained and third in pass defense.  In 2004, Endicott ranked 19th nationally in rushing defense, while 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.  

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 players that led Oxy to a 9-1 record, including two NCAA playoff wins in 2004, and another 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, helping his team to back-to-back conference titles for the only time in the last 50 years, while ranking 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-America 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 an opportunity unusual in modern college football, 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, where 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 and his team was later inducted into the Jesuit High School hall of fame.

Kyle and his beautiful wife, Ann live in Claremont with their daughters Kira and Lara.