Admirals Track & Field


bayside academy’s core values

Excellence, Responsibility, Integrity, Leadership, Community, Respect

bayside academy’s Outdoor Track and Field commitment

With Bayside Academy’s Mission Statement and Core Values in mind, our goal through Bayside Academy Track and Field is to continue the excellence established in the past and press on to achieve our best today. Our program competes in the AHSAA at the 3A classification for athletes in the 7th through 12th grade, from beginners to multiple season performers. Each athlete should seek to do his/her best, give 100% effort in all that he/she does, and encourage one another, not just in our sport. To do this, we will do all things with TEAM as our focus, although training will be individualized based on the ability and experience of the athlete. Our athletes will not only train together to become better competitors but will learn how and why the training they do develops them into a stronger athlete and person. We will hold to this COMMITMENT as our sense of responsibility and respect to self and others, striving for excellence in all of our endeavors. 

These three words and descriptions will be our point of emphasis this year!

  1. Team: We will enjoy what we do with one another, building up one another through common experiences and trials.
  2. Excellence: We will do all things to the best of our ability, disciplined to do all things the right way and all the way.
  3. Commitment: We will always be there for one another, realizing this is what keeps us together and helps us reach our goals.

 “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”

~ Steve Prefontaine, All-Amereican Distance Runner & Legend


Through thirteen seasons as Head Track & Field coach of young men’s and women’s cross country programs, five years at Bayside Academy and eight years at Cottage Hill Christian Academy, Coach Joe Swagart has helped hundreds of young people develop a passion for track and field while also developing them in responsible young adults.

In Coach Swagart’s first two seasons with Cottage Hill, his programs competed in the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) where his young women’s team finished State Runner-Up in 2008.  During those two years, Coach Swagart had three athletes earn All-State honors (top three) nine times with six of those being State Champions and three relays earning All-State honors.   In his six seasons under the AHSAA at Cottage Hill, seven-teen athletes earned All-State honors twenty-two times, ten of those being State Champions.  Five relays earned All-State honors with two relays being State Champions.  The women’s teams finished 8th on average with a State Runner-Up finish in 2014 and the men’s teams finished 11th on average with best finish of 6th in 2011 and 2012. 

In Coach Swagart’s five seasons with Bayside Academy, fourteen athletes have earned All-State honors twenty-three times, with six athletes having been State Champions a total of nine times combined.  There have been ten relays to earn All-State honors, two of which have been State Champions: the women’s 4x400m relay in 2017 (Caroline Young, Mary Catherine Branyon, Emily Miller, Darby Kemper) & the men’s 4x800m relay in 2018 (Luke Dobbins, Bradley Schmidt, Myles Cook, and Ben Lane).  The women’s teams finished 6th on average with a best finish of 3rd in 2017.  The men’s teams finished 8th on average with the best finish of 2nd in 2019. 

Coach Swagart attended college at the University of South Alabama, earning a B.S. in Mathematics & Statistics in 2004 and M. Ed. in Secondary Education in 2018.  He has been married to Nancy Swagart for ten years.  He and his wife have an eight year old son, Owen a 3rd grader at Bayside Academy, another son, Isaac, who is four and K-4 student at Bayside Academy, and new daughter, Emersyn.



Joe Swagart
Head Coach Track & Field