Aug. 26, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Baseball Head Coach Pete Wilk has announced the addition of Alex Swenson to the Hoya coaching staff. Swenson, who was on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Jacksonville University, for the past two seasons, will serve as GU's pitching coach while also working with the catchers.
"It is an honor and a privilege to join the Georgetown family and work with Coach Wilk," Swenson said. "I am excited about the vision, passion and direction that both Coach Wilk and Director of Athletics Lee Reed have for our athletic program. The academic, athletic and campus environment at Georgetown makes it one of the most unique and attractive positions in the entire country for the serious student-athlete. It is my priority to develop the complete student-athlete, preparing them for life on and off the field and helping them to achieve their athletic and academic goals."
Swenson spent the past two seasons as Jacksonville's assistant pitching coach where he also worked directly with the catchers. In his two years in the Dolphin's dugout, the pitching staff improved in several statistical categories including ERA, strikeout-to-walk ratio and opponent batting average. Swenson helped lead Jacksonville to back-to-back appearances in the Atlantic Sun Tournament after a two-year absence.
As a player, Swenson put on the Dolphins uniform from 2007-11, serving as a team captain for his final three years. Known as the team's "Iron Man", Swenson caught all 56 games in 2010 and a stretch of 109 of 112 games through the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He played in a total of 148 games during his career at Jacksonville, amassing a career fielding percentage of .987, and helping lead the Dolphins to NCAA Regional berths in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Swenson played alongside a number of talented players while at JU. Several of his teammates were selected in the MLB draft, notably Chris Anderson (1st round to Los Angeles) and Adam Brett Walker (3rd round to Minnesota).
Following his collegiate career, the five-time Atlantic Sun All-Academic selection signed a professional contract with the Newark Bears of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball following tryouts with the Kansas City Royals.
"I am excited to have Alex join the Georgetown baseball program," Wilk said. ""He brings a wealth of experience and energy to the program, and will make an immediate positive impact on our pitchers and catchers."
Swenson is inheriting a pitching staff that, in 2015, set the program record with a 3.95 team ERA. The Hoyas are returning most of their pitchers, including senior starting pitcher Matt Smith, a member of the All-BIG EAST First Team, and junior closer David Ellingson, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection.