After being named interim head coach of the women's basketball program in the fall of 2019, Leah Swanson was promoted head coach in January 2020. She had spent the previous two seasons as an assistant on the Panthers' sidelines.
Before joining the coaching staff Swanson was a two-year member of the team, playing as a guard for the Panthers from 2015-17. Known for her aggressive defense, Swanson was second on the team with 0.9 steals/game as a senior. In 2013-14 she patrolled the sidelines as the junior varsity girls' basketball coach at Timberlane Regional High School.
Swanson was also a four-year member and three-time captain of the women's soccer program, playing as a defender from 2013-16. She broke out during the 2016 campaign, tallying five goals to finish second on the team in scoring. Her second half strike at UMass Boston on Sept. 17 broke a 1-1 deadline and improved the team's season-opening unbeaten streak to six games.
Swanson also served as the freshmen girls' soccer coach at Timberlane during the fall of 2013.
Swanson earned her undergraduate degree in 2016, majoring in Marketing, and she is currently enrolled in PSU’s Master of Business Administration in General Management program.