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Riley Swanson

Defensive Coordinator

Riley Swanson is in his first season as St. Norbert football's defensive coordinator.

Swanson arriveed at St. Norbert after spending the 2019 season on the coaching staff at Finlandia University, where he was the defensive coordinator and also coached defensive backs. The Lions led the NCAA Division III in fewest passing yards allowed per game at 99.3.

Swanson spent the 2017-18 at NCAA Division II University of West Florida. He was the Argonauts’ video coordinator and running backs coach in 2017. A year later, Swanson coached the cornerbacks and was the assistant special teams coordinator. Swanson was West Florida’s communications coordinator those two seasons.

Swanson was a four-year letterwinner at Wake Forest as a defensive back. He played in 47 games for the Demon Deacons and finished his career with 179 tackles, seven interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Wake Forest won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship his senior year and played in the Orange Bowl.

Following his collegiate career, Swanson signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2007 as an undrafted free agent. His football career continued in the Arena Football League, spending the 2010, 2011 and 2013 seasons with the Arizona Rattlers and the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Storm. Arizona won Arena Bowl XXVI in 2013.

Swanson graduated in 2006 from Wake Forest with a degree in religion.
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