The men's basketball team and staff gathered together with family and fans in the Purcell Pavilion on April 13th.
Harold Swanagan, a forward on the Notre Dame men's basketball team from 1998-02, is in his fourth season as the coordinator of men's basketball operations after being named to the position on July 15, 2009. Prior to assuming his position on the Irish basketball staff, he had served as the athletic department's coordinator of Student Welfare and Development since the spring of 2005.
As coordinator of basketball operations, Swanagan plays an integral role in the overall day-to-day operations of the Irish basketball program. He handles all video exchange, breaks down film for coaches, organizes team travel and oversees the student managers who assist the program. Swanagan also serves as the director of the Notre Dame boy's basketball summer camps.
A four-year monogram winner, Swanagan, who served as a tri-captain for the Irish during his senior season in 2001-02, played professionally in Europe for two seasons. His first stint was with ENAD in Nicosia, Cyprus, during the 2002-03 season, followed by a year with Autun in Autun, France, in 2003-04.
Swanagan returned to Notre Dame in May 2004 and served as an intern with the strength and conditioning program during the 2004-05 school year before being named coordinator of Student Welfare and Development.
While playing forward for the Irish, the Hopkinsville, Ky., native appeared in 127 contests (eighth all-time) and made 78 starts while averaging 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Swanagan also helped Notre Dame to a 78-52 overall record and 37-29 mark in BIG EAST play during his four seasons. In his senior season (`01-'02), he averaged career bests of 8.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while helping lead the Irish to a 22-11 record (10-6 in BIG EAST play) and their second consecutive trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament. That year, he also was named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.
During Brey's first season with the Fighting Irish in 2000-01, Swanagan was a member of a Notre Dame team that won the school's first-ever BIG EAST regular-season title, as the Irish captured the conference's West Division crown with an 11-5 record en route to a final 20-10 mark. Swanagan and the Irish made their first NCAA appearance in more than a decade and advanced to the second round.
As a sophomore in 1999-2000, Swanagan helped Notre Dame to a 22-15 record and a berth in the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament.
Since returning to the South Bend area, Swanagan played professionally for the Elkhart Express (formerly of the International Basketball League) from 2005-07 and led that franchise to two IBL championships in `06 and `07. He also served as assistant varsity girls' coach at nearby Marian High School during the `04-'05 and `05-'06 seasons.
In his role with the student welfare and development department, Swanagan was part of the department's award-winning Life Skills and student-athlete development programs. The student welfare and development program focuses on providing a balanced Notre Dame experience for student-athletes by focusing on five key areas: academic excellence, athletic success, career preparation, community involvement and personal development. Much of Swanagan's job centered around coordinating community service activities for the more than 700 student-athletes on the school's 26 athletics teams and career development.
Swanagan earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters in May `02 and received a master's degree in education with an emphasis in educational leadership from Indiana University-South Bend in May 2009.
Swanagan and his wife, Andrea, reside in South Bend. She also is a `02 Notre Dame graduate and received her MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. She is employed at Notre Dame and currently is an analyst in the office of the executive vice president.
The couple has a daughter, Elena, born in February 2011, and are expecting their second child during the basketball season.