Aaron Swick
Aaron Swick
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (503) 370-6011
Email: aswick@willamette.edu
Year: 11th, 13th total
Degree: BA, Political Science, University of California Berkeley '05
Degree: MS, Sports Pedagogy, South Dakota State University '09
Office: Sparks 208

Aaron Swick enters his 11th season as the head coach of the Willamette baseball team in the spring of 2019. He has guided the Bearcats to an overall record of 215-186-1 (.536). In 2018, the Bearcats tied the school record for wins in a season (31) and finished the year ranked 18th in the nation. The team won the NWC Tournament and finished runner-up in the NCAA Division III West Regional. Swick was chosen D3baseball.com West Region Coach of the Year.

In 2017, Swick led Willamette to a 28-14 overall record, an 18-6 mark and second place finish in the Northwest Conference, and a trip to the championship game of the NWC Tournament.

Swick has coached Willamette to at least a .500 overall record eight times, including five consecutive winning seasons. The 2017 team achieved Willamette's top winning percentage since 1998.

Swick, who served as the Willamette pitching coach and baseball recruiting coordinator in 2006 and 2007, became head coach in September of 2008. Swick, in his 13th season overall, has coached three All-Americans, seven All-Region selections, 14 First Team All-NWC picks and one NWC Player of the Year.

In 2018 Connor Bailey, Jack Brett, and Matt Steindorf were all selected First Team All-NWC and received All-Region recognition. Kyle Stalker was Third Team All-America at first base twice (AFCA ‘08, D3baseball.com ‘09) and belted 51 homers in his career. In 2011, outfielder T.C. Lee was named Second Team All-America after achieving a .417 batting average with 12 home runs, 15 doubles, and 44 RBIs.

Swick has played a key role in improving the facilities at John Lewis Field since being named head coach. In the fall of 2013, Swick brought in Grant Trenbeath, a Willamette alumnus and the head groundskeeper for the Arizona Diamondbacks, to re-level the field and improve the infield cutouts at each base. In addition, Swick has added new pro-style benches, replaced the sound system, installed new outfield fencing, updated the Bearcat clubhouse, and created a pitcher's strength and conditioning room.

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 13 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. 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 family reside in Salem.