Mesa hires Sweetser as assistant soccer coach

Colorado Mesa hired one of the all-time leading scorers in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference history to assist the men’s soccer program.

Colorado Mesa head coach Todd Padgett hired former teammate and Fort Lewis College assistant coach Cole Sweetser to be the Mavericks’ assistant coach, the school announced Thursday.

Sweetser was a first team All-American player on the Skyhawks’ 2005 NCAA Division II national championship team. He ranks second all-time in Fort Lewis and RMAC history in points (136) and goals (58). He was selected to the RMAC All-Century team in men’s soccer.

Padgett said Sweetser will be heavily involved in every aspect of the program, including recruiting, fundraising and player development.

“Coach Sweetser was brought in to make us more dynamic offensively and better organized defensively from top to back,” Padgett said in the news release. “In order to reach the success we expect to, we are going to have to become more efficient in the offensive third. Coach Sweetser will make these players better and more dynamic individually, but more importantly he will teach them the importance of attacking in numbers.”

Sweetser was a volunteer coach at Fort Lewis while serving as the assistant director of coaching at the Durango Youth Soccer Association. He was also an assistant coach at Durango High School.


Colorado Mesa men’s lacrosse goalie Brad Brandenburg was selected the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s defensive player of the year for the second consecutive year.

The senior averaged 11 saves per game and posted a .618 save percentage and 8.0 goals-against average.

The Mavericks had four first-team selections, including Brandenburg, and 16 overall to lead the league.

Junior midfielder Austin Pridham, junior long stick midfielder Zach Bullett and junior defender Eric McCosker made the first team.

Junior attacker Stephen Dunn, junior attacker Michael Beimford, senior midfielder Kade Robinson, junior midfielder/faceoff specialist Shane O’Neill and senior defender Johnny Nitti made the second team.

Sophomore attacker Daniel Caddoo, sophomore attacker David Solomon, senior midfielder Jeremy Best, senior defender Giuliano Sanchez, freshman defender Brady George and junior defender Collin Brooke were honorable-mention selections.

Prestigious Award

Men’s tennis player Jordan Lyden received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship award for the South Central Region.

The junior was 22-8 at No. 1 singles and led the Mavericks to the NCAA Tournament earlier this month. Lyden also won the ITA South Central Regional singles title to advance to the national tournament last fall. He accomplished that while posting a 3.69 grade-point average in business administration.

The Arthur Ashe Award is given to players who exhibit outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. The award dates back to 1982.


Eight Colorado Mesa track and field athletes made the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic honor roll team.

They were Cathryn Ambler (3.81 GPA, kinesiology), Tiffany Ambler (3.55, psychology), Melissa Bauer (3.59, biology), Shannon Emery (3.6, kinesiology), Bailey Farkas (3.5, kinesiology), Jordanne Steege (3.84, kinesiology), McCady Findley (3.8, environmental science) and Cameron Morley (3.55, mechanical engineering).

Grand Junction High School graduate Jonathan Wright, a senior at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, made the first team with a 3.37 GPA in mechanical engineering.


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