Women's Basketball Adds Another Duck to Coaching Staff

June 19, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team hired Eugene native and former Duck player Peg Swadener as an assistant coach Thursday. She will begin her appointment July 1.

Swadener, a 1994 graduate of Oregon and 1989 graduate of Eugene's Marist High School, spent the past season as the top assistant at Idaho State. Before that, she was an assistant coach at Boise State for five years.

'Peg has excellent credentials and experience as an assistant coach in the Northwest,' third-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'The fact she is a Duck is icing on the cake for us. We are very excited to have her back on board in Eugene.'

Smith said Swadener will be primarily involved in recruiting as well as individual and team skill work. She will become the third Oregon graduate on the coaching staff along with Smith and associate head coach Allison McNeill.

Swadener, 32, got her start in coaching at her alma mater, Marist, in 1995. She directed the girls junior varsity basketball team to a 42-0 record in two seasons and helped coach the varsity to 3A championships in 1996 and 1997.

Originally a walk-on for the Ducks, she became a scholarship player under then-coach Elwin Heiny. A four-year letterwinner and one of Oregon's top 3-point shooters, she led the Ducks with a 39 percent mark from long range her senior year, which still ranks 10th all-time on the single-season list. For her career, she made 79-of-216 on 3-pointers for 37 percent - the ninth best mark all-time at Oregon.

Following her senior season, Swadener earned UO's Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete award and was a three-time Honorable Mention All-Academic selection by the Pac-10.

Swadener received her bachelor's degree from Oregon in biology and is nearing completion of a master's degree in exercise and sports science from Boise State.

Swadener replaces Dan Muscatell, who accepted the head-coaching position at Sacramento State in May.

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