|Title:||Marian Ware Director of Athletics|
Adam Hertz has been with Swarthmore College since 2001. In that time, the College has witnessed tremendous growth within the physical education and athletics department. Hertz has been involved in numerous capital improvement projects including renovations of the Lamb-Miller Field House, softball and baseball fields, Faulkner and College Avenue tennis courts, Skallerup outdoor track, locker rooms, Tarble basketball arena, and practice fields, as well as the installation of a synthetic surface stadium field, press box and lighting. Other facilities improvements under Hertz’s guidance include dugouts, outfield fences and P.A. systems for the baseball and softball fields; new bleachers, P.A. system and lighting for the basketball arena; and new P.A. system and lighting for Ware Pool.
Hertz has worked with the president and dean of admissions to devise and implement a new recruiting strategy aimed at equity throughout the department. The result has been across the board cumulative success in intercollegiate athletics with nearly half of the programs finding unprecedented competitive excellence. In total, Hertz has administrative oversight of 22 intercollegiate sports, eight club sports, the campus intramural athletics program, and the physical education program. Hertz also oversees the sports medicine and sports information offices, as well as Mullan Fitness and Tennis Center operations.
Hertz was instrumental in the process leading to the establishment of a new hiring structure for members of the athletics faculty. He has seen the department gain five full-time head coaching positions, and established the first strength and conditioning position for the department. Under Hertz’s direction, the department has seen many new advances in technology including a new athletics website, streaming video broadcasting and live audio broadcasting of athletics contests, and live statistics of games. He also initiated and implemented a branding and promotional strategy that has led to a more consistent identity and increased recognition of Swarthmore athletics.
The physical education program has also undergone significant changes under Hertz' tenure. He helped with a transformation of the grading methods and solidified policies regarding satisfaction of the physical education requirement and standards for progress toward achieving full credit. The program has also been enhanced by a variety of new offerings and early morning and evening class additions, to better accommodate students.
Prior to his arrival at Swarthmore, Hertz spent five years as the director of athletics and head men's soccer and golf coach at Alvernia College in Reading, Pa. While at Alvernia, Hertz also taught in the sports management department and taught a Freshman Foundations course. Hertz oversaw the addition of several varsity sports, as well as facility renovations and additions. He implemented an academic oversight plan which improved the overall grade point average of teams in the department. Preceding that, Hertz spent four years as the head men's soccer and golf coach at Beaver College (now Arcadia University). As head soccer coach, the team set a school record for most wins in a season. Hertz also set the school standard for wins at Arcadia, and he started the men's golf program, which won the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championship in its second year, earning him PAC Coach of the Year honors.
Hertz has coordinated symposiums on current issues and challenges in Division III athletics, and was a founding director of the Division III Institute. He has lectured at Temple, Delaware, and Neumann Universities, and has served as Chair of the NCAA men's soccer committee and the Centennial Conference Board of Delegates, as well as serving on numerous other national committees. He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the National Association of Division III Athletics Administrators.
Hertz earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Redlands and completed his graduate work at Temple University.