PAT SWEENEY | ASSISTANT COACH
The 2018 campaign marks the 11th season on the Kent State sidelines for assistant coach Patrick Sweeney. A veteran among the club soccer circles throughout Ohio, Sweeney boasts over 20 years of Olympic development and club soccer coaching experience to the Kent State program.
Since 1987, the 28-year NSCAA member has served as an Olympic Development coach for the Ohio Youth Soccer Association. In 1997, he joined the United States Youth Soccer Region II Olympic Development Program and has been a member of the girls and boys coaching staff for the past 14 years. In addition to his ODP experience, Sweeney has been a staff coach for the Revere Soccer Club since 2002.
The British Columbia product was named the 1996 Greater Cleveland Public High School Coach of the Year at Shaker Heights while also picking up Lake Erie League COY honors. He then earned the Greater Cleveland Private High School COY award in 2000 with the Hawken School when he lead the team to a state championship and was a two time Chagrin Valley Conference COY in 2000 and 2001. In 2005 he guided his 91/92 Girls team to the Super Y League National Championship and one year later took a 91/92 Girls team to a US Club Soccer Region A Championship.
A veteran of the Northeast Ohio premier club soccer scene, Sweeney most recently spent five years as the Director of Coaching for the Cleveland Whitecaps Premier Soccer Club. While a member of the Whitecaps staff, he was selected as the 2005 Coach of the Year. Sweeney also spent six years coaching with the East-West Soccer Club where he instructed various age groups along with coordinating arrangements for travel and summer camps.
A student of the game, Sweeney has a NSCAA Advanced Diploma and holds an ‘A’ level coaching license with the United States Soccer Federation as well as a USSF National Youth license.
Following his graduation from Howe Secondary School, the Vancouver native played three seasons for the Cleveland Force Reserve MISL Professional Team before moving on to Cleveland State University.
Sweeney and his wife Terri, have a daughter Shayla and a son Keenan. Sweeney earned a bachelor’s degree of general studies from Kent State in 2011 with minors in conflict management and athletic coaching. He also received a master's degree in sport and recreation management in 2013.