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Coaches Profile: Brian Swatland, Williamsville South

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Brian Swatland, Williamsville South Defensive Coordinator
Why did you enter the coaching profession?
I enter the profession because of the coaches that I had in high school and college made a huge impact on who I am today. I felt like I got so much out of sports that it was right to give back. 
What is your philosophy in coaching?
I don't like when kids make excuses so I try to eliminate them from their vocabulary. Accountability and pride are two very big character traits that I try to instill because if you are doing your job and have pride while doing it, you will not make an excuse. 
What brings you the most satisfaction in coaching?
Seeing athletes reach their full potential, seeing a program come together. I am very grateful for my experiences at South High School, and I feel like I have become a much better coach because of the program that Coach Kurzanski has built. Being a part of that is very satisfying. 
What was your greatest win in coaching High School Football?
There are actually three that come to mind right away and two of them were against North Tonawanda. At my previous school, we were the first team to beat North Tonawanda and end their unbeaten league record; I think it was 4 or 5 years that they didn't lose in the league. The second is beating Williamsville East two seasons ago to make it to the Stadium and the third was beating NT last season t o make it to the Stadium for a second consecutive year. The common theme in all of those games was sticking together through the ups and downs. 
What were your most memorable moments in coaching High School Football?
My most memorable moments were walking out of the tunnel at Ralph Wilson Stadium and being able to coach in the two sectional finals; understanding that I was a part of the reason we wre there. I will cherish those memories forever. There are many coaches that might never be in the position I was in twice and it makes you work harder to get back.
What is your role as an assistant coach?
My first role is to make Coach Kurzanski's life as easy as possible by doing my job. He has enough to be concerned about and by taking full control of the defense, I alleviate some extra work. We all do it at South, whether it is the weight room, passing camp, workouts, everybody is there. It is also my role to be the prankster of the staff, to keep everybody on their toes. If the coaches feel comfortable, then I am not doing my job!
What were the best teams you ever coached?
The last two teams at South have been the best teams in my 14 year career. I have coached some unbelieveable individuals, but never experienced a team like I have those last two seasons. I have also coached teams with better all-around talent, but those teams weren't able to come together and put aside differences like the 2010 and 2011 Billies. 
What were your most proud or memorable moments playing football?
My most memorable moment was against Marist; they were my most hated team. We all had them, but Marist was mine. We lost to them my Junior year by a field goal, I think 10-7, but statistically that was my best game ever and some of my records still stand from that day. Another memorable moment was playing St. Peters and they kept throwing mud in my face, but that's a whole new story. I think, looking back, that I am most proud of when we stuck together and tried to help each other out; if the offense wasn't producing, we didn't get on them. We were a team and I am proud to have been a part of that.
Who was your mentor?
Coach Chuck Williams at Canisius College was a true mentor to me, he was a great coach and had so much character. I learned a lot from him and a lot of the things I do today are because of him. I believe that he helped turn college kids into men. Coach Kurzanski is another mentor that I have. He afforded me the opportunity to coach Varsity football again. He let me become a part of his program and he has a different point of view. We may not always see eye-to-eye, but there is never any animosity about it, he also has a unique vision during games or practices. He makes me think outside of the box. 
How many years have you coached football?
This will be my 15th year of football. 3 years of JV at Williamsville North, 9 years of Varsity at Williamsville North, and then the last 3 years Varsity at Williamsville South. 

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