Linfield Wildcats

Coach Biography

Carl Swanson

Carl Swanson

16th Year Director of Tennis

Phone: 503-883-2414


Success on the tennis court is a recurrent theme in Coach Carl Swanson’s coaching and playing career. Swanson is in his 16th year as head coach of the Linfield men’s tennis team and serves as director of the men’s and women’s tennis programs.

In his 18 years as a collegiate tennis coach, Coach Swanson has been honored as Coach of the Year in the NWC seven times and his teams have won 11 conference championships.  Since 1999, Coach Swanson led teams have more than 300 collegiate victories and he has coached more than 40 All-NWC players, and multiple All-Americans, Players of the Year, ITA Champions, Sportsman of the Year, and Academic All-Americans.

Coach Swanson believes in service to the sport of tennis and in that spirit he is currently the National Chair of the ITA Awards Committee and he has served the ITA, NCAA, and USTA in multiple committee and coaching capacities throughout his coaching career.

As a player, Swanson was a top-5 ranked junior in the Pacific Northwest, led South Eugene High School to back-to-back Oregon state tennis titles, was a three-time All-American at Pomona College, and an Ojai doubles champion. As an adult competitor, Swanson has multiple sectional and national championships and continues to compete at a high level.

Swanson is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and is a licensed attorney in the State of Oregon. At Linfield, Swanson works in the Department of Student Affairs where he serves as a Conduct and Community Standards Officer. 

Coach Swanson lives in McMinnville with his wife, Dr. Charlotte Goddard, who also is employed at Linfield in the Office of Enrollment Services as the college's transfer coordinator.