Tag: Drury Panthers

They’re Getting the Gang Back Together

Alf Bilbao, his wife, Ryan Swan and Andrew Bordelon at Harrison Stadium in Springfield MO in 2010

News arrives that former Drury Panthers coach Ryan Swan, now Head Coach for the Division 1 Northern Illinois Huskies, has hired his former assistant Andrew Bordelon. From the Stevenson Mustangs Andrew Bordelon Accepts Position at Northern Illinois, Steps Down as Men’s Soccer Coach

Stevenson University head men’s soccer coach Andrew Bordelon announced Thursday that he is stepping down from that position in order to accept a position as an assistant coach on the men’s soccer staff at Division I Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Named the seventh head coach in Stevenson men’s soccer history this past June, Bordelon came to Stevenson from Westminster (Mo.) College, where he had guided the men’s soccer program to three straight SLIAC conference titles and three straight NCAA appearances. Prior to that, he was an assistant on the staff at Division II power Drury University, his alma mater, under Ryan Swan, who was named Northern Illinois head coach in January.

Ryan Swan, NSCAA Missouri Technical Coordinator& Drury Panther Men's Coach

Ryan Swan Moves from Drury to Northern Illinois

Ryan Swan, NSCAA Missouri Technical Coordinator& Drury Panther Men's Coach
Ryan Swan, Drury Panther Men’s Coach
Drury University men’s soccer head coach Ryan Swan will step down to accept the head coaching job at Northern Illinois University, an NCAA-I program in DeKalb, Illinois.

Swan has been the Panthers head coach for eight seasons and compiled a record of 106-47-8 (.658) during his tenure at Drury. He led the Panthers to four NCAA-II tournament appearances and the 2009 Great Lakes Valley Conference championship as part of a 21-2 season. Swan was named the GLVC Coach of the Year that season in addition to being named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Midwest Region Coach of the Year. He leaves as Drury’s all-time leader in career coaching wins for men’s soccer.

“Coach Swan’s teams had success both on and off the field,” said Drury University Vice President and Director of Athletics, Mark Fisher. “We are sad to see him go but at the same time, we’re happy for him, his wife Courtney and his family to have this opportunity. We want to thank Ryan for his contributions to Drury Athletics and wish him the best as he moves forward.”

Last fall, Swan’s team finished the year ranked 20th in NCAA-II. The Panthers went 13-4-4 and advanced to the national tournament round of 16 where they lost on penalty kicks to Rockhurst.

Swan’s teams were also successful academically throughout his time at Drury. Under Swan, the Panthers earned NSCAA Team Academic Awards for seven straight seasons and, in 2015, men’s soccer posted the best grade point average among Drury men’s sports with a 3.54 GPA. That squad also earned a Team Academic Award from the GLVC and 15 players from that team won All-Academic honors from the conference for having an accumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better.

Swan has coached 31 All-GLVC performers with 15 of those named first team selections. He also had 13 named All-Midwest Region players during his eight seasons leading the Panthers.

A search for Drury’s next men’s soccer head coach will begin immediately.

Pat Atwell, AD at Drury Resigns

Pat Atwell, Drury AD, at soccer match in 2010
Pat Atwell, Drury AD, at soccer match in 2010
Pat Atwell, Drury’s Director of Athletics for the past seven years, has resigned from his position to pursue other interests, the university announced on Tuesday.

Atwell has overseen the DU Athletics department since 2007, after serving in the same capacity at fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference member Quincy (Ill.) University.

In Atwell’s time at Drury, the Panther squads captured 13 NCAA-II national championships (12 by the swimming programs), and won a GLVC All-Sports Trophy in 2009-10 while finishing in the Top 30 of the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup all-sports competition in each of his seven years, with an 11th-place finish for 2013-14. Continue reading “Pat Atwell, AD at Drury Resigns”

Drury Panther seniors - Peterson, Collins, Palmer

Danny Collins Feature

Drury Panther seniors - Peterson, Collins, Palmer
Drury Panther seniors – Peterson, Collins, Palmer
A nice story on Glendale Falcons and Drury Panther’s alum Danny Collins who is completing his studies at Drury this Summer. He’s receiving his Masters in Architecture this month and an MBA in August.

He is a senior at Drury graduating with a master’s degree in architecture in May and a master’s degree in business administration in August.

To his friends, Collins might be considered an overachiever. But to Collins, his success is merely about hard work. In addition to graduating with two master’s degrees, he starred on the Drury soccer team from 2007-2010.

In October of his senior year, I talked to Danny along with his two teammates Adam Peterson and Alex Palmer (pictured on either side of him) about their experience playing for college soccer in their hometown (Peterson and Palmer are Kickapoo grads). I’ve included the video below.

Drury Panthers, Ryan Swan, GLVC & Regional Coach of the Year 2009

Drury ID Camp For High School Boys Next Week

Drury Panthers, Ryan Swan, GLVC & Regional Coach of the Year 2009
Drury Panthers, Ryan Swan, GLVC & Regional Coach of the Year 2009
Drury Men’s Soccer and head coach Ryan Swan will host an Identification Development Camp for area high school boys on February 16-17 at Harrison Stadium.

Cost for the camp is $100, with lunch provided.

Registration will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m., with the morning training session from 9:30 to 11:30, lunch and recruiting talk from 11:30 to 1:30 and the afternoon scrimmages from 1:30 to 3:30.

For more information, call Andrew Bordelon at (417) 873-7830 or email him at abordelon@drury.edu. A registration form with additional information is available on the website.

The DU Men’s Soccer program is coming off a 12-5-2 season that saw them climb as high to No. 5 in the nation in the NCAA-II national poll. It led to a Great Lakes Valley Conference post-season tournament berth – for the fifth consecutive year – and their second NCAA-II Tournament bid in the past four seasons.