July 20, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins head football coach Jim Margraff announced a pair of changes to his staff today. Bob Chesney, who has served as the program's defensive coordinator for the last two years, has been promoted to associate head coach, while Dan Swanstrom, who joined the program last year as the quarterbacks coach, has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Chesney maintains his duties as defensive coordinator and will continue to work with the defensive backs. Swanstrom will also serve as the quarterbacks coach in his new role.
Chesney is entering his fifth season as a member of Margraff's staff and third as defensive coordinator. Johns Hopkins has produced 20 All-Centennial Conference selections on defense since Chesney joined the staff in 2005 and seven of those have been defensive backs that have worked directly under his guidance.
The Johns Hopkins defense has been among the steadiest in the Centennial Conference since Chesney arrived. The Blue Jays have held the opposition to an average of less than 115 yards rushing in three of his four seasons and opponents have completed just 50% of their passes against Johns Hopkins over the last four years combined. In the season prior to his arrival, the opposition completed better than 55% of its attempts against the Blue Jays.
Chesney returns six starters to his defense this season and the group will look to build on last season's late surge. The Blue Jays allowed just 10.6 points per game in the final five games of the season and posted back-to-back shutouts against Ursinus and Juniata during that stretch.
A 2000 graduate of Dickinson College, Chesney has also coached nine Johns Hopkins players to CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, including rising senior Steve Levinson, who garnered first team honors in 2008.
Swanstrom made an immediate impact on the Blue Jay offense last season as Johns Hopkins averaged 378 yards of total offense and 26.1 points per game a year ago. The 378 yards per game were the most by Johns Hopkins since 2003 and the fourth-highest single-season total in the last 30 years. In addition, JHU's 26.1 points per game were also the most since 2003 and the fourth-best total at Homewood in the last 30 years.
Swanstrom coached freshman Hewitt Tomlin to one of the finest seasons in school history a year ago. Tomlin threw for a Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference freshman-record 1,847 yards and produced five, 200-yard passing games. His 1,847 yards passing are the third-highest single-season total in school history and the Blue Jays produced more than 2,000 yards rushing and passing for just the second time in school history (2003).
Swanstrom will have the luxury of returning nine starters on offense this season. Included are Tomlin, senior Andrew Kase (school-record 1,635 yards and 17 touchdowns last season) and players who combined to score all 34 offensive touchdowns for the Blue Jays last season.
A 2005 graduate of Rhodes College, Swanstrom was a finalist (top 10) for the prestigious Gagliardi Trophy, which is presented annually to the top Division III player in the nation.
Johns Hopkins will open the 2009 season on September 5 at Delaware Valley in one of the premier Division III games in the country on opening weekend. Both teams posted 8-3 records last season and both are nationally ranked in several preseason publications. The Aggies are ranked fourth by Lindy's, fifth by the Sporting News and 25th by USA Today. Johns Hopkins checks in at 18th (Sporting News) and 24th (Lindy's).
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