Since 1985, David Sweet has served as the College’s Director of Athletics. During his tenure, Keuka has been able to offer student-athletes 18 intercollegiate sports offerings, increased the number of students involved in varsity intercollegiate athletics to nearly 275 and has overseen the enhancement of the Weed Physical Arts Center and Point Neamo, and the construction of the Jephson Athletic Complex.
In 2012, Sweet stepped down from coaching at Keuka to devote fulltime to his administrative duties. But not before leading the various teams he coached to numerous milestones.
He left the women’s basketball program as the programs winningest coach, compiling a record of 179-97 (.649 winning percentage). Sweet had a knack for finding talented high school players, bringing them to Keuka Park and transforming them into hard-working and productive student-athletes, both on the basketball court and in the classroom. Sweet’s teams were known for their aggressive defense, often ranking among the top schools in the country in fewest points allowed, and for their workman-like attitude.
Under Sweet's watchful eye, the Green and Gold enjoyed a magical 2010-11 season, winning the second-most games in school history (24) while earning the program’s third trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. Keuka posted a 24-3 record and qualified for the NCAA tournament before falling to William Paterson (NJ) University in the first round of the NCAA’s during the 2010-11 season. One of the biggest highlights during the season was a 50-46 win over rival Gallaudet University in the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship game. Keuka had twice suffered losses to the Bison during the regular season before attaining a measure of revenge in the NEAC title game.
Sweet also guided Keuka’s women’s volleyball team compiling a record of 118-79 (.599 winning percentage) and the men’s basketball team compiling a record of 203-168, making him the winningest coach in Keuka College history in each of these sport, as well.
Sweet’s teams won 16 conference championships, qualified for three NCAA appearances and one ECAC postseason appearance.
Sweet, who holds a bachelor's degree from Cleary College (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and a master's degree from Eastern Michigan, was a decorated high school athlete. A letter-winner in nine sports, he was an all-league football, basketball and track performer and was team MVP in football and track. He was also named to the all-state football squad.
Sweet started his coaching career in the Michigan high schools ranks, coaching at both Monroe Jefferson High School and Napoleon High School. He later served as an assistant basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University.
Sweet lives in Penn Yan, N.Y. with his wife Sharon, a Keuka graduate and high school science teacher at Newark High School. They have one daughter Anna Sweet. The Sweets raise lavender and Icelandic horses on their small farm that overlooks Keuka Lake