Gregg Swenson Joins Cougar Baseball Staff

July 19, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Head Baseball Coach Donnie Marbut announced the addition of pitching coach Gregg Swenson to the Cougar Baseball staff.

Swenson, who began his WSU tenure last month, replaces three-year assistant Ryan Brust. Swenson comes to Washington State after serving as an assistant coach at cross-state rival Washington since 2001.

'We couldn't be happier to hire a coach like Gregg Swenson,' Marbut said. 'Everywhere Gregg has been he has been successful. Gregg is a relentless worker and has a huge passion to win. The familiarity Gregg has with Travis and I was also a huge factor. Gregg is as loyal as a person could be and a great addition to our staff.'

While at Washington, Swenson worked as the director of Washington Baseball camps, while overseeing the outfielders and serving as first base coach during games. During his tenure with the Huskies, Swenson helped produce seven All-Pac-10 players, including standout Brent Lillibridge and saw several of his players drafted by major league teams.

Prior to his tenure at Washington, Swenson served as the head coach at Tacoma Community College, where he also played two seasons from 1990 to 1991. Swenson spent five seasons as the Titans skipper after joining the staff as a pitching coach in 1996. He was named the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Western Division Coach of the Year in both 1997 and 2000.

Swenson coached with current Cougar assistant Travis Jewett at both Washington and Tacoma CC and looks forward to being on staff with him again.

'When the opportunity to coach at Washington State came my way, I just couldn't pass it up,' Swenson said. 'With the program under the direction of Donnie (Marbut) and Travis, (Jewett) I can't wait to see what the future holds. I am just thrilled to be part of their staff and be involved in Cougar baseball.'

Swenson began his coaching career as the pitching coach at Sehome High School in Bellingham after earning a degree in physical education/exercise science and physiology/sports psychology from Western Washington University in 1994. As an assistant, Swenson helped the 1992 Sehome club to a second place finish at state and saw both the 1993 and 1995 teams earned fifth place finishes.

While in Bellingham, Swenson coached the 1993 Bellingham Post 7 American Legion team to a second place finish in the state American Legion tournament and also guided the 1994 British Columbia White Rock Tritons to the Washington Palomino Baseball state championship.

Swenson and his wife Diane are the parents of two-year-old Megan and six-week-old Jacob.

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