Coach Swanson is entering his third season at SMU as an assistant coach in 2018 after spending the last 17 years in coaching, instructing and umpiring at the youth baseball level. Swanny helped grow programs such as the Northwest Timberjacks, Pierce County Diamond Jaxx and Northwest Reign into three of the top premier amateur baseball organizations in Washington state.
Swanny graduated from North Thurston High School in 2000 while lettering in both baseball (3x) and football (1x). After high school, Joey spent time at Lane Community College playing under then head coach Donny Harrel and Skagit Valley College playing under head coach Mark Linden before injuries and surgeries lead him to pursue coaching full time. Swanny is also a graduate of Jim Evans Professional Umpiring Academy which gives him a unique perspective on how to train catchers.
Joey is a lead instructor, camp director and baseball program director at Diamond Sports Training Center in Puyallup, WA.
Over the last 17 years, Swanny has worked with Baseball Northwest, Team Northwest and Northwest Elite to help promote and develop high school student-athletes as well as coaches. Coach Swanson’s summer travel programs have seen over fifty players move on to play at the collegiate level at schools such as Marshall University, Oregon State University, Washington State University, University of Puget Sound, Pacific University, Brown University and several other colleges in the northwest and throughout the country. Coach Swanson has helped develop and influence several players that are currently in minor league baseball.
In his first year at SMU, as a catching staff, they threw out 35% of potential base runners and had a combined fielding percentage of .996. This lead to an honorable mention recognition for then senior Zach Raczok.
Coach Swanson’s 2018 responsibilities include recruiting, team travel, first base coach, pitch calling, equipment, strength and conditioning and helping with the development of the offense, catchers and outfielders. Joey currently lives in Olympia with his wife Kristen and their two children Brynn (8) and Jace (6).