|Title:||Head Golf Coach|
Jim Heller enters his eighth season as the head coach of the Garnet.
The 2012 Centennial Coach of the Year, Heller guided the Garnet to a second place finish at the Centennial Conference Championship. The second-place finish equaled the 2007 squad for the best Centennial Championship result in program history. Two members of the team - senior Paul Weston and freshman Andrew Park - earned All-Conference honors while Weston became just the second golfer in program history to finish tied for first place individually at the Centennial Conference Championship.
In the spring of 2012, the Garnet reached the GCAA National Rankings for the first time in program history after placing in the top three at the Dickinson Invitational, McDaniel Invitational and Messiah Falcon Classic.
During the 2011 fall season, the Swarthmore golf team set both the team and individual program records. The team shot a record low 294 in the Immaculata Invitational while sophomore Jeff Wall set the individual round record, shooting a 69 in the Swarthmore Invitational.
In 2007, the Garnet golf team rose to new heights, finishing second at the Centennial Conference Golf Champioships, the best showing in school history. Two Swarthmore golfers, Zach Moody '07 and Eric Zwick '07, were named All-Centennial. Zwick was also named Philadelphia Inquirer Golf Academic Performer of the Year.
His 2007 squad also earned the Swarthmore school records for all-time low tournament score with a 305 and the school's lowest Centennial Conference Championship tournament score with a 306.
While head coach of Swarthmore's, Heller has produced four All-Centennial players, including Eric Zwick in 2006 and 2007, Zach Moody in 2007, Alex Nichamin in 2009 and Paul Weston in 2010 and 2011.
A resident of Glen Mills, Pa., Heller spent 10 years prior to coming Swarthmore as the head golf coach, freshmen girls' basketball coach and voluntary assistant athletic director, at nearby Springfield (Delaware County, Pa.) High School.
Heller, a long-time member of the Springfield Police Department, retired in 1995 after over 24 years of service. Heller is also a full-time member at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, the home course of Swarthmore golf action.
John Dukes now enters his second season as the assistant men's golf coach at Swarthmore College.
Certified by the United States Golf Teachers Federation, Dukes brings a wealth of golf knowledge to the Garnet program.
He began playing golf for the Upper Darby Post Office league in 1982. He competed in numerous local tournaments to raise money for local charities and organizations.
In September of 2006, Dukes retired from the United States Postal Police Force after 30 years of service.
Prior to becoming a coach with the Garnet, Dukes worked five years for the Swarthmore College Public Safety office.
Dukes also serves as a councilman in the the Borough of East Lansdowne.