|Year:||12th, 14th total|
|Degree:||BA, Political Science, University of California Berkeley '05|
|Degree:||MS, Sports Pedagogy, South Dakota State University '09|
Aaron Swick enters his 12th season as the head coach of the Willamette University baseball team in 2020. The longest tenured head baseball coach in the Northwest Conference, Swick has guided the Bearcats to 234 wins, six straight winning seasons (2013-19), and the most total wins by an NWC team over the past three years (78).
During the 2019 season, Connor Bailey, Cole Pursell, Justin Scanlon, and Matt Steindorf were selected First-Team All-NWC. All four players also were chosen for All-Region honors. Bailey was selected as the NWC Player of the Year. In addition, the Bearcat pitching staff finished the season ranked seventh in NCAA Division III in walks allowed per 9 innings pitched.
In 2018, the Bearcats finished the year at 31-19, tying the school record for wins in a season. The Bearcats were NWC Tournament Champions and runners-up in the NCAA Division III West Regional. Willamette ended the season ranked 18th in the nation. Bailey, Steindorf, and Jack Brett were chosen First-Team ALL-NWC. Swick was named West Region Coach of the Year.
Swick led Willamette to a 28-14 overall record and second place finish in the NWC in 2017. The team lost in the championship game of the NWC Tournament. Steindorf and Mason Fessler and were selected First-Team ALL-NWC.
As the head coach at Willamette, Swick has coached three All-Americans, 11 All-Region selections, 18 First-Team All-NWC honorees and two NWC Players of the Year.
Swick has played a key role in improving John Lewis Field. In the summer of 2019, artificial turf was installed on the mound, home plate, baselines, and bullpen mounds. In 2017, the outfield fence was replaced, a new sound system was installed, and the scoreboard received a facelift. Other facility projects include updating the clubhouse, installing new cages in the covered hitting facility, and creating a strength and conditioning room.
After serving as Willamette's pitching coach in 2006 and 2007, Swick became head coach in September of 2008. Prior to returning to Willamette, he was the pitching coach at South Dakota State University. He was also an assistant coach with the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2007 and 2008. In the summer of 2006, he was interim head coach for the Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League). In 14 years with collegiate and summer league teams, he has coached 31 players who advanced to professional baseball.
While in college, Swick was a pitcher at Saddleback College and then at the University of California-Berkeley. At Saddleback, he was named All-Conference. At Cal, he achieved a 1.86 earned run average as a senior. He earned a B.S. in Political Science from Cal in 2005 and a master’s degree in Sports Pedagogy from South Dakota State in 2009.
Swick and his family reside in Salem.