Professor.Whitworth university 1998-present
Dr. Schwarz is also a Professor in the Kinesiology Department, specializing in general athletics; coaching (motivation, psychology, organization and administration); fitness; developing personalized fitness programs; sport litigation (coach and instructor liability and negligence in sport); marketing; integration of faith and athletics; and athletic ministry.
Family man.Husband and father
Schwarz fills his "spare time" when he is not teaching and coaching by being very active in the community and in youth ministry, including being the advisor for Whitworth’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Schwarz lives with his wife, Sally, and their two beautiful girls Malya Jo and Ruby Anne.
education. washington state university 1988-1996
Coach. Whitworth university 1996-present
Now in his 25th season as the Head Track & Field Coach at Whitworth, Dr. Toby Schwarz has transformed the Whitworth Track & Field team into one of the top programs in the nation. In 2016 the Pirates captured the Northwest Conference men’s team title and women's team title for the second year in a row. The Pirates qualified their largest group ever to the 2010 indoor and outdoor national championships and came back in 2011 to surpass that number with 26 individual national qualifying marks, seven All-Americans, and five coach of the year awards. In the past ten years, the Pirate Men's TF TEAM has averaged 11th place out of 430 programs at the outdoor national championships, including third place at the 2008 outdoor and 2009 indoor national championships, and sixth place at the 2009 outdoor national championships. Schwarz was awarded as the national head men’s track and field coach in 2009.
Schwarz has built a powerhouse program at Whitworth, winning the Northwest Conference men's and women's title in 2001 and the men's title in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and both titles again in 2015 and 2016. Over the last ten seasons more than 60 athletes per year (over 75% of the team) have qualified for the NWC championship meet. In the past three years, over 80 athletes per season have qualified for the NWC meet. And over the last 20 years Schwarz has coached over 90 athletes to NCAA Division III All-American honors, including Kristin Shields to a national championship in the 100 meter dash in 2004, and two time national champions Emmanuel Bofa (800 meters) and Cody Stelzer (High Jump) in 2008 and 2009. Coach Schwarz added his eighth national champion with Carter Comito winning back-to-back-to-back national titles in the men’s discus in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Kerry Wright is the most recent women's National Champion by winning the Women's Javelin in 2015. Andrew Bloom is the most recent National Champ by winning the Men's Javelin in 2016.
Schwarz has earned over 30 Coach of the Year awards, including the 2015 NCAA West Region and 2015 Northwest Conference honors. In 2009 Schwarz was selected as the NCAA Division III Men’s Coach of the Year. Members of Schwarz’s coaching staff have also won the NCAA DIII West Region Assistant Coach of the Year awards for the past six years including the 2015 women's outdoor men’s assistant coach of the year (Joe Vanhoomissen).
Whitworth finished fourth in the inaugural Al Carius Men’s Program of the Year award that was based on the team’s overall finish at the NCAA DIII cross country, indoor and outdoor Track & Field national championships in 2008-09. The men’s team finished 9th in the Al Carius Program of the Year standings in 2011, while the women’s team finished 11th in the female counterpart, the Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year, in 2011. The Pirate program was also honored as the Scholar Team of the Year in 2008 and 2009 which is based on team overall GPA and national team finishes.
Schwarz has also been the head coach of the very successful Pirate cross country program since 1998. In addition to their national championship appearances in 2001, 2009, 2010 and 2015, the women's team won NWC crowns in 2001, 2009, 2015 and 2016 and finished as NWC runners-up in 2002-04 and again in 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2014. The Pirate women won the NCAA DIII West Regional title and finished 6th at the NCAA DIII national championships in 2009,17th in 2010 and 2016, and 20th in 2015. The Pirate men have improved dramatically, finishing third in the conference from 2002-07 and winning the NWC in 2008, 2010 and 2011. The Pirates earned an NCAA West Region title in 2008 while sending the Whitworth men’s team to their first ever NCAA national championships in school history with a repeat appearance in 2010. Schwarz has led Whitworth runners to the NCAA Division III championships nearly every season since 2001.