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.
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.