The 2017 season will be the 14th year for Colton Swan as a member of the Weber State coaching staff, making him the longest tenured coach on the Wildcat staff. Swan is a former Weber State player and is the special teams coordinator for the Wildcats. For the 2017 season, he will also coach the inside linebackers. Swan also coordinates the efforts of the WSU Gridiron Club, a group of former Weber State football players.
In 2016, Swan helped lead Weber State to a 7-5 record, a third-place finish in the Big Sky Conference and WSU’s first trip to the FCS Playoffs in seven years.
As tight ends coach, he coached junior Andrew Vollert to first team All-Big Sky honors and All-American honors in 2016. He also coached punter Jacob DeMaio and returner Cory Thomson to all-conference honors. In 2016, the Wildcats were 10th in the nation in net punting and 12th in kickoff returns.
As special teams coordinator in 2015, Swan helped the Wildcats to a 6-5 overall record and a 5-3 mark in Big Sky play, WSU’s first winning season in five years. Under his coaching, Weber State led the Big Sky in kickoff coverage. He coached Eric Wilkes who earned All-Conference second team honors as a kick returner.
Swan has coached under five head coaches in his time at Weber State. In 2014, he coached the tight ends and was the co-special teams coordinator. Prior to that he coached the linebackers for two seasons and coached Anthony Morales to Big Sky All-Conference honors each season. Morales led the conference and was third in the nation in tackles in 2012.
Prior to taking over the linebacker position, Swan spent three seasons as the Co-Defensive Coordinator for the Wildcats. During that stint he coached several players to All-Conference honors including Nick Webb and Trevor Pletcher. In his first year overseeing the linebackers, Taylor Sedillo earned First Team All-Big Sky honors and led the Wildcats in total tackles with 100.
Before becoming the defensive coordinator, Swan spent three years coaching the WSU safeties. One of Swan’s pupils, Ty Sparrow, led the Wildcats in total tackles in 2007. Sparrow was named First Team All-Big Sky. Another of Swan’s safeties, Beau Hadley, earned First Team All-Big Sky and Third Team All-America in 2008.
Swan is one of WSU’s successful walk-on stories. He came to Weber State in 1999 to try out and ended up red shirting the season. In 2000, he played in 10 games, mostly on special teams, and had 12 tackles. Between the 2000 and 2001 season, he worked extremely hard in the weight room added 20 pounds. He became a starter in the last five games of his sophomore season in 2001, registering 60 tackles. As a junior in 2002, he became a full-time starter earning a scholarship. He was named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference and led the Wildcats with 89 total tackles.
He was a mainstay on the 2003 team which posted an 8-4 record. He was named Second Team All-Big Sky Conference after he recorded 109 total tackles, had three forced fumbles and an interception.
He graduated from Weber State in 2004 and was a three-time member of the Big Sky Academic All-Conference team.
Swan was born Oct. 31, 1980, and is a native of Jerome, Idaho. He and his wife Sarah were married in July 2015. His younger brother, Clayton “Biff” Swan, transferred to WSU from Utah State and played two seasons (2007-2008) for the Wildcats.