The Spokane Soccer Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. Toby Schwarz will be helping with our Advanced Academy sessions. Toby will be running the first 45 minutes of the training sessions to work on speed, agility and core strength development. Here is a detailed bio showing exactly why we are so excited to have Dr. Schwarz involved!
Dr. Toby Schwarz is in his 17th season as the head Track & Field coach and 15th season as head coach of the Whitworth Cross Country program at Whitworth.
Toby has transformed the Whitworth Track & Field team into one of the top programs in the nation. In 2012 the Pirates captured the Northwest Conference men’s team title with 270 points, the squad’s fourth title in five years. The Pirates qualified their largest group ever to the 2010 indoor and outdoor national championships and came back in 2011 to surpass that number with 26 individual national qualifying marks, seven All-Americans, and five coach of the year awards. The Pirates have finished in the top fifteen in the nation four of the last five years, including a third place finish at the 2008 outdoor national championships, third place at the 2009 indoor national championships, and sixth place at the 2009 outdoor national championships. Schwarz was awarded as the national head men’s track and field coach in 2009.
Schwarz has built a powerhouse program at Whitworth, winning the Northwest Conference men’s and women’s title in 2001 and the men’s title in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Over the last ten seasons more than 60 athletes per year (over 75% of the team) have qualified for the NWC championship meet. And over the last ten years Schwarz has coached 50 athletes to NCAA Division III All-American honors, including Kristin Shields to a national championship in the 100 meter dash in 2004, and two time national champions Emmanuel Bofa (800 meters) and Cody Stelzer (High Jump) in 2008 and 2009. In 2011 and 2012 Coach Schwarz added his sixth national champion with Carter Comito winning back to back national titles in the men’s discus.
Schwarz has earned 21 Coach of the Year awards, including the 2012 NCAA West Region and 2012 Northwest Conference honors. In 2009 Schwarz was selected as the NCAA Division III Men’s Coach of the Year. Members of Schwarz’s coaching staff have also won the NCAA DIII West Region Assistant Coach of the Year awards for the past five years including the 2012 indoor men’s (Derek Dewindt) and women’s (Bob Omlin) assistant coach of the year and 2012 outdoor men’s assistant coach of the year (Travis Howell).
Following the 2006 season, a decision was made by the coaching staff to cease the continuous growth of the program and move to a philosophy of a smaller, more focused and committed group of student-athletes. Through a process of tryouts and cuts, a more streamlined group of student-athletes make up the current and future Whitworth program.
With a smaller, more committed group of student-athletes, the level of excitement at practice is high, leading to a national championship caliber program. Whitworth finished fourth in the inaugural Al Carius Men’s Program of the Year award that was based on the team’s overall finish at the NCAA DIII cross country, indoor and outdoor Track & Field national championships in 2008-09. The men’s team finished 9th in the Al Carius Program of the Year standings in 2011, while the women’s team finished 11th in the female counterpart, the Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year, in 2011. The Pirate program was also honored as the Scholar Team of the Year in 2008 and 2009 which is based on team overall GPA and national team finishes.
Last year he led the Pirate men to their third Northwest Conference title in the last four years and was selected as the NWC Coach of the Year.
2010 was a banner year for Pirate cross country. For the first time ever, both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships at the same time. The men also won their second Northwest Conference title in the last three years, while the women were NWC and NCAA West Region runners up. The women went on to finish 17th at the nationals championships, their second top-20 finish in as many years.
In 2009 Schwarz led the Pirate women to the Northwest Conference and NCAA DIII West Regional championships while finishing 6th at the NCAA DIII National Championships. The previous fall Schwarz led the Pirate men as they won the NCAA DIII West Regional Championships, qualified for their first ever NCAA Championships meet, and won the NWC Title. Also, in 2002 Schwarz led the Whitworth women to an NCAA West Region title and the team’s first-ever berth to the NCAA Championships. Schwarz was named the NCAA West Region women’s Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2009, the men’s Coach of the Year in 2008; he was honored as the NWC Men’s Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010 and earned the women’s award in 2009.
Schwarz has led at least one Whitworth runner to the NCAA championships every season since 2001, which includes the 2008 Men’s NCAA West Region Champion, Nick Gallagher.
Dr. Schwarz is also a Professor in the Kinesiology Department. Schwarz fills his "spare time" when he is not teaching and coaching by being very active in the community and in youth ministry, including being the advisor for Whitworth’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Schwarz lives with his wife, Sally, and their baby girl Malya in north Spokane’s Mead neighborhood.