Admirals Track & Field



Through eight seasons as the head cross country coach of the cross country programs at Cottage Hill Christian Academy, Coach Joe Swagart oversaw a complete transformation of all aspects of the program. In his first two seasons, CHCA competed in the AISA where his boys teams finished State Runner-Up both seasons, including ten All-State performers and one undefeated regular season athlete who, as a sophomore, was State Champion. In six seasons with the AHSAA, under Coach Swagart’s leadership, CHCA qualified sixteen individual athletes, five boys teams, and one girls team for the AHSAA State meet. In these six seasons, Coach Swagart’s boys team earned an AHSAA 1A/2A State title in 2011, an AHSAA 1A/2A State Runner-Up in 2010, and an AHSAA 3A State Runner-Up in 2013. His boys teams finished 4th or better each year they competed at the AHSAA State Meet. In those six seasons with the AHSAA, he coached fourteen All-State Runners and was recognized by the Mobile Press Register as Men’s Coach of the Year three times (’10, ’11, ’12). 

Coach Swagart attended college at the University of South Alabama, earning a B.S. in Mathematics & Statistics. He is married to Nancy Swagart, and they have a seven-year-old son, Owen (second grader at Bayside), and a three-year-old son, Isaac.

Coach Swagart places an emphasis on effort, hard work, and team. Success in running is found through commitment, discipline, and desire. Individuals on a team show commitment by attending team practices and events, by finishing what he/she starts, and by having patience with the process. Individuals on a team show discipline by how he/she follows instruction, how he/she changes the way he/she lives (nutrition, sleep, ect.), and how he/she finishes what he/she starts. Individuals on a team show desire by how he/she competes and trains, how he/she takes care of him/herself, and how he/she treats others. When individuals come together with the same purpose, we will compete as a team at the highest level we can. We will commit to a level of excellence that shows we are giving our best in all that we do, that we give 100% in achieving our goals, and by how we encourage each other along the way.

Joe Swagart
Head Coach Track & Field