Toby Schwarz

About Toby Schwarz

Now in his 25th season as the Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, Dr. Toby Schwarz has transformed the teams into one of the top programs in the nation. Since the 1996 season, more than 100 student-athletes have earned All-America (Top 8) performances in cross country, indoor track and field, or outdoor track and field. Schwarz has coached Pirate athletes to 11 individual national titles over the same period (10 outdoor and one indoor). Several Whitworth teams have finished among the top 20 teams in the nation, including a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, a third-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, and a sixth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championships. Schwarz has earned 45 Coach of the Year awards, including 24 NCAA West Region and 20 Northwest Conference honors. In 2009, Schwarz was selected as the NCAA Division III Men’s Coach of the Year.

Dr. Schwarz is a professor in the kinesiology department at Whitworth, where he teaches sports psychology and other courses. He is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics, including motivation and sports psychology.