MO State HS Sports

Swann Takes Over as Interim Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach

LAX Coaching Change

Columbia, Mo. – After seven seasons of coaching Columbia College men’s lacrosse, Ian Wolfe is stepping away to pursue other interests closer to home.
Wolfe officially began his duties with the program Fall 2017, while beginning competition Spring 2018. He led the Cougars to two Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) tournament titles and the program’s first-ever NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Invitational, produced six All-Americans, and an overall record of 48-29.
“Words can’t express how grateful I am to have been given the opportunity to start the Columbia College men’s lacrosse program,” Wolfe stated. “Over the last seven years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented coaches in the business and have had unending support from James and our athletic staff. Without them, none of the program’s success would have been possible.”
“Ian did an incredible job building our lacrosse program from the ground up,” James Arnold, Director of Athletics expressed. “We will forever be thankful for the work he did to build a championship caliber program in such a short time. We wish him all the best in his next adventure.”
Closing in on his first year as an assistant coach for the Columbia College lacrosse program, Kody Swann has been named as the official Interim Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach.
“I am looking forward to seeing the direction Coach Swann takes the program,” Wolfe remarked, “I am excited to see its continued success under such a talented coach.”
Preceding his time at CC, Swann spent two years as a graduate assistant and one year as an assistant coach for the University of the Cumberlands. The Patriots produced two NAIA National Semifinal appearances in the three-year span.
During his four years playing for the Cumberlands, Swann, a Newburg, MD native, played midfield for the Patriots. He recorded nine goals, five assists, and 14 points over his career, but his greatest impact came at the face-off position. Swann holds the single-season and career records for face-off win percentage at .606 overall, highlighted by a .631 FO% in 2017. As a face-off specialist, Swann won 713-1176 face-offs, scooped 303 ground balls, and caused 44 turnovers with the Patriots.
While at the Cumberlands, Swann was a two-time AAC Second Team All-Conference selection in 2016 and 2017, a two-time AAC First Team All-Conference selection in 2018 and 2019, a two-time NAIA Second Team All-American in 2018 and 2019, as well as earning AAC All-Tournament Team recognition in 2019.
“I’m grateful to Coach Wolfe and to James Arnold for bringing me to Columbia College in the first place,” Swann stated. “To be part of a conference championship program was truly incredible. The ability to compete at a high level played a big part in my decision to be an assistant at CC. This interim position is an opportunity I am extremely excited for. I look forward to continuing the standard of success and growing the program that Coach Wolfe started.”
“Kody is a rising star,” Arnold remarked. “He is one of those young coaches who when you first meet you just know they have a bright future. While it’s a little earlier than anticipated, we knew Swann would be a head coach very soon and I’m excited that opportunity is here at CC.”

This article is provided by Columbia Cougar Athletics