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Michael Swan | Assistant Coach

As he enters his third season with the Charlotte staff as an assistant coach, Michael Swan has added a Conference USA Championships title and NCAA Tournament berth to his growing resume. Swan has helped develop the program into one of the elite in Conference USA and throughout the region in his short tenure.

Last fall, the 49ers won the conference tournament crown on their home pitch where they dropped one game all season. Charlotte built chemistry on both ends of the field unparalleled across the league, producing one of the top scoring offenses mixed with solid defensive results.

Swan has brought a wealth of knowledge and competitiveness to the program in just two years. In his first season with the Niners, he helped the program hold 14 opponents to two goals or less, including nine of the 10 Conference USA foes. Three players earned postseason all-league honors, while another four were recognized in 2016, including the C-USA Player of the Year (Martha Thomas) and C-USA Freshman of the Year (Megan Greene).

Swan came to Charlotte in March 2015 after serving as the head women’s soccer coach at nearby Catawba for five years (2010-14).

Swan assumed the head coaching position with Catawba starting in 2010. He guided the program to an 11-6-3 overall record, including six wins against South Atlantic Conference foes during his last fall with the squad in 2014. The team started the campaign with a 6-0 mark, equaling a school record for consecutive wins, and competed in five overtime affairs, including a double-overtime meeting at Lincoln Memorial in the SAC Tournament quarterfinals in which the Indians eventually advanced on penalty kicks.

He produced an overall ledger of 47-40-7 at the school, registering double-digit victories in each of his last three seasons. His 2012 squad won 13 matches, the most in a single year since 2009. His 94 games coached ranks third among all-time coaches in school history.

He coached Juliana Conte to the 2010 SAC Freshman of the Year accolade and five players to all-region honors, including Bethany Davis’ second-team nod in 2014. Davis also garnered academic all-district recognition in 2014.

Swan had 13 all-conference players during his tenure, while four added All-SAC Tournament plaudits.

Prior to joining Catawba, Swan was the head coach for three seasons at King in Bristol, Tenn. His Tornado teams owned a 41-17-3 ledger and he quickly built the program into a national contender.

The Newcastle, England, native, also served as the head coach at Virginia Intermont from 2003-07, where he amassed a 92-41-10 record with Appalachian Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2007 and 2008 and runner-up results from 2003-06.

His teams captured region titles in 2006 and 2007, while qualifying for the NAIA national tournament three years in a row form 2006-08. He also assisted in the school’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II and was voted the NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, they did not allow a goal in conference action.

Swan started his coaching career as an assistant at Flagler in 2001 before moving on to Virginia Intermont as the school’s head women’s soccer coach. He was appointed the Director of Soccer, overseeing the men’s and women’s programs in 2006.

He began his education at Gateshead College in England, earning a BTEC National Diploma in sports science in 1996. Upon arriving in the United States, he enrolled at Bluefield (Va.), where he played soccer and added a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2000 to his resume.

Swan carries an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma license and a United Kingdom FA Preliminary Certificate and FA Leader Award.

Swan and his wife Cresta have a daughter, Willa. The family resides in nearby Concord.

Kim Cardelle | Assistant Coach
Kim Cardelle is back with the Charlotte staff as an assistant coach for her fifth season in 2017. During her tenure with the program, the 49ers have captured the 2013 Conference USA East Division crown, the 2016 Conference USA Championships title and advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

She oversees the defense for the program, helping to guide it to six clean sheets last fall, all against league competition. The Niners surrendered only one goal during the conference tournament week, in their first game, and used back-to-back shutouts to lock up the title on the Transamerica Field pitch.

Overall in 2016, Charlotte allowed three goals or more only six times, including three against nationally-ranked foes, and permitted less than a goal per game (0.96 GAA) during a 9-1-1 home slate.

In 2015, with her defensive tactics again being a strong suit, the program held six league opponents to a goal or less, including the final three games. The 49ers also added a shutout road win in non-conference play against Winthrop.

Cardelle helped the Niners secure six shutouts in 2014, including clean sheets in four home games. The 49ers allowed a goal or less in 11 matches, including six against Conference USA foes.

Cardelle’s work with the Charlotte defense helped the unit hold opponents to only five goals during the second half of games during her first season. Overall, the Niners tallied eight shutouts during the campaign with one-half of those coming against league competition.

Cardelle, a Phoenix native, joined the 49ers after spending three seasons as an assistant at her alma mater, Catawba, in Salisbury, North Carolina. With the Indians program in that capacity, she was a member of the staff under Cullen during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns and then stayed on board for head coach Chad Miller’s one season. Catawba posted a combined 43-14-7 mark during those three years, participating in the 2008 NCAA Division II Region Tournament.  

She coordinated match information and preparation, planned, organized and conducted practice sessions and provided input on player evaluation and team operations during her tenure in addition to a variety of other duties.

Cardelle also served as the Director of Fitness Assessment and Training at the college for just over two years, enhancing a personal training program for over 50 people that continues to grow.

While still in college, she took on a dual role as the head girls’ soccer coach at Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. Her three-year experience included the coordination of home game match preparation and field maintenance, monitoring the academic performance of student-athletes and working closing with the school’s athletic department and conference staffs.

She also has had extensive experience on the club scene for a number of years, serving as the assistant ECNL director for Charlotte Soccer Academy in April 2015 and also served as a U15 head coach with the FC Carolina Alliance program.

“I’ve known John for a long time and when the opportunity came to join this staff, I jumped at it,” Cardelle said when she was hired. “This is a great program. I’ve enjoyed working with John. I think we are going to work well together and balance each other out. We have a good chemistry going.”

As an Indian student-athlete, she was recruited to Catawba by Cullen and went on to earn 2006 All-South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Second Team honors. The team posted a combined 60-14-9 mark during her four seasons from 2003 through 2006, including a SAC title in 2005 following a 16-4-1 campaign. It was the second-straight season in which the program earned a trip to the NCAA Division II Region Tournament, after it completed the best record in school history at 16-2-3 in 2004.

Cardelle’s collegiate career started with an early highlight, as she assisted on a goal in her first match during a road win at Barton.

At the conclusion of her collegiate career, Cardelle signed with the Carolina RailHawks of the USL W-League for the 2008 campaign. The semi-pro franchise was based in Cary and it played at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Cardelle owns a US Soccer Federation National “D” License. She graduated from Catawba in May 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in communication, adding a business minor to her diploma.

The former Kim Crowley was married in late May 2016 to Frankie Cardelle. Frankie is also on the 49ers’ staff, entering his second season as Charlotte’s goalkeeper coach in 2017.

Frankie Cardelle | Goalkeeper Coach

Frankie Cardelle enters his third season as the Charlotte women’s soccer goalkeepers coach in 2018. He also works with the staff on developing overall game strategies and plans.

Cardelle impact on the 49ers’ program has benefited the defensive side of the ball greatly in his short tenure. In just two years, Charlotte has solidified itself as one of the top teams in Conference USA defensively, posting a combined 14 shutouts, including 12 against league foes.

In his two years overseeing the goalkeepers, the Niners’ netminders have allowed only one score in 580 minutes during the last two Conference USA Championships, a remarkable 0.16 goals-against average, including a complete clean sheet in last fall’s run to the title match for the second-straight campaign.

In 2016, his first season with the squad, Charlotte surrendered just one goal in its three league tournament games, coming in the quarterfinals, and used back-to-back clean sheets to earn the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Cardelle’s guidance has led goalies Abby Stapleton to a spot on the 2017 All-Conference USA Freshman Team and Anna Shelden to a place on the 2016 All-Conference USA Championships Team.

Cardelle played soccer and football collegiately, lining up as a placekicker for North Carolina Central in 2009 and 2010 before transferring to Catawba to continue his soccer career. At NCCU, he was tabbed the squad’s 2009 Special Teams MVP.

At Catawba on the soccer field, he started 26 games out of the 31 in which he played during his career, registering a 1.18 goals-against average in three seasons with the Indians from 2011-13. He accumulated 89 saves, recorded four shutouts and picked up 14 victories in over 2,441 minutes between the pipes.

After college, he played two seasons (2014 and 2015) with FC Carolina Discoveries NPSL, where he started 21 matches and had a 1.19 goals-against average.

A native of Miami but raised in nearby Salisbury, he was an all-state, all-conference and all-county choice on both fields during his high school career. Cardelle was also tabbed the 2009 Rowan County Player of the Year.

He currently serves on staff of Charlotte Soccer Academy North/Cabarrus.

Cardelle earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Catawba in June 2014.