Phil Swenda

U12 Coach

Department:  Coaching Staff
Phil Swenda

Swenda joined the New York Red Bulls Academy in 2009, working part time with all age groups. In 2010, Swenda accepted a full-time position with the Academy as the Head Coach of the U15 age group. As the more gifted players, both technically and physically, bypassed the U15 age group, Swenda’s role within the club was to develop a group of players to hopefully move onto the U16 Academy team and have an immediate impact.

Swenda has a combined record over the last four seasons of 68-12-13 with his teams scoring 304 goals and giving up 65. In his first season, the team went 13-1-3, eventually losing in PKs in the league semifinals. In the 2011/12 season, the U15s were 15-3-5, losing to the eventual National Champion in the league final. In 2012/13, the U15s competed in and won the Potomac Memorial Day tournament playing as a younger team in the U16 Premier Division, winning the final 2-1 in overtime. That team also went on to win the North East Pre-Academy league Championship 3-0 with an overall record of 21-4-3. In 2013/14, the U15 age group again lost to an eventual National Champion, 2-1 in overtime in the league final. The team went 19-4-2, earning a #3 National Ranking at season’s end from topdrawersoccer.com.

Swenda is now the head coach of the newly formed U12 age group. 20 players born in 2002/2003 are split into two teams that compete in 8v8 matches. This encourages more touches on the ball and simplifies soccer’s basic principles.

A native of Downingtown, Pennsylania, Swenda started coaching while in college, working with local clubs and camps. Swenda played at the collegiate level at Seton Hall University graduating in 2003. He was 2002 CollegeSoccerNews.com All-American selection. He earned First Team All-Region honors in 2002 and Second Team in 2001 from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Swenda was also a three-time All-Big East selection, making the First Team in 2002, Third Team in 2001 and All-Rookie in 1999. Swenda left Seton Hall after leading the Pirates to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen appearence and four trips to the Big East Tournament. He was drafted in the third round, 26th overall, by the Chicago Fire in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. Swenda played for Harlow Town FC in England and Hutnik Krakow in Poland.

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