After six successful seasons as the leader of Armstrong State Athletics, Lisa M. Sweany joined Georgia Southern University as the as the deputy director of athletics in 2017. At Georgia Southern, Sweany helps with the day-to-day oversight of the athletic department, and also has sport oversights of football, volleyball and softball, as well as game operations and human resources.
Sweany earned a top honor in 2017 as she was named an Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year for NCAA Division II, announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Sweany was one of four honorees in NCAA Division II.
In her six years at Armstrong State, the Pirates experienced unprecedented success both on and off the playing field.
Armstrong State won four straight Peach Belt Conference Commissioner’s Cups from 2012-15, the league’s All-Sports trophy, becoming the first league school to accomplish the feat since the University of North Florida from 1999-2004. Over 40 teams during six years advanced to NCAA Championships play.
Overall, during her six seasons with the Pirates, Sweany saw three NCAA Division II National Champions, 23 Peach Belt Conference regular season and 15 tournament titles, 43 NCAA Championships appearances, 86 All-Americans, 12 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and 214 All-Peach Belt Conference honorees. Armstrong State also won a pair of Peach Belt Conference Presidential Academic Awards (2012-13 and 2013-14), while also capturing NCAA Division II national championships in men’s tennis (2012) and women’s tennis (2012 & 2013).
On campus, Armstrong State saw several improvements to its facilities with phase one of its new tennis complex opened in August 2016, as well as new lights to the Armstrong State soccer field coming online in September 2016. The 2016-17 athletic year also marked the 50th Anniversary of Pirate athletics.
Sweany joined Armstrong State in July of 2011, coming from fellow NCAA Division II school Grand Valley State, where she served as assistant AD and then senior associate AD for 10 years. With the Lakers, Sweany was responsible for budget, personnel and facilities management. Her other duties included direct supervision of seven coaches, overseeing game and event operations, as well as management of all athletics personnel. In addition, Sweany coordinated all aspects of compliance and eligibility for more than 500 student athletes. She was named the Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA)/NCAA DII National Administrator of the Year in 2010 by the organization.
Prior to joining GVSU, she served at Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana, starting in 1995 as athletics facilities director. During her five-year stint at Tri-State, she served in various capacities of increasing responsibility, including assistant basketball coach, head coach of softball and associate athletics director, a position she was named to in March 1995.
Sweany is a member of the Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) and also serves on the Jenkins Athletic Club Board of Directors in Savannah. She is also the current chair of the NCAA Championships Committee and has previously served as the president of the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA).
She holds a master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in sports management from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana.