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Aaron Swick

Aaron Swick
  • Head Coach
  • (7th year, 9th year on WU staff, 93-99-1)
  • BA Political Science, University of California - Berkeley  '05
  • Sparks Center 204
  • (503) 370-6011 voice
  • aswick@willamette.edu

Aaron Swick enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Willamette baseball team in 2015. He has guided the Bearcats to an overall record of 115-116-1 (.495), including a 22-17 record (14-10 in NWC) in 2014 which served as the program's highest winning percentage since 2003.

Swick has made winning a consistent occurrence during his time with the Bearcats. The team finished 21-17 in 2009, 22-17-1 in 2011 and 20-20 in 2013 (13-11 NWC, 3rd place).

WU has finished the season .500 or better in five of Swick's six previous seasons in the competitive Northwest Conference.

Swick’s teams have finished the season strong. In 2009, the Bearcats were 16-6 in the final 22 games. In 2010, WU was 7-4 in its last 11 contests, and in 2011 the Bearcats went 13-5-1 to end the year. After finishing 10-9 in the final 19 games of 2012, the Bearcats achieved a 9-2 record in the final 11 games of 2013.

Swick, who served as the Willamette pitching coach and baseball recruiting coordinator in 2006 and 2007, became head coach in September of 2008.

He has coached three All-Americans. Kyle Stalker was Third Team All-America at first base twice (AFCA ‘08, D3baseball.com ‘09) and belted 53 homers in his career. In 2011, outfielder T.C. Lee was named Honorable Mention All-America after achieving a .417 batting average with 12 home runs, 15 doubles, and 44 RBIs.

In 2012, Mitchell Rowan was a Preseason All-America pick after batting .403 with 12 homers in 2010, when he was named First Team All-Region. Rowan was also chosen Preseason All-America in 2011, but missed most of the season with an injury.

Swick has played a key role in improving the facilities at John Lewis Field since being named the skipper. This past season, Swick brought in Grant Trenbeath -- A Willamette alumni and the current head groundskeeper of the Arizona Diamondbacks -- to re-level the field and improve the infield cutouts at each base. 

In 2009, a warning track was installed and the infield was laser-leveled. Players benefit from an updated clubhouse which features new furniture and rubber flooring and new benches in the dugouts. In addition, there is a workout room for pitchers, a new windscreen, a catcher’s area in the bullpens and an updated hitting facility.

Prior to returning to Willamette, Swick was an assistant coach with the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League in the summers of 2007 and 2008.

Also in 2007-08, Swick was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at South Dakota State University. In addition to his coaching duties, Swick received a master’s degree in Sports Pedagogy from SDSU.

In 2006, Swick was interim head coach for the Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League). In six years with collegiate and summer league teams, he has coached 31 players who advanced to professional baseball.

Swick was a pitcher at Saddleback College and the University of California-Berkeley. At Saddleback, he was All-Conference once and reached regionals twice. At Cal, he had a 1.86 ERA as a senior. He earned a B.S. degree in Political Science in 2005.

Swick and his wife, Heather, live in Salem with their daughter, Sadie.

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