Aaron Swick enters his eleventh season as the head coach of the Willamette baseball team in the spring of 2019. He has guided the Bearcats to an overall record of 215-186-1. In 2018, the Bearcats won a program record 31 games, won the NWC Tournament, and finished runner-up in the NCAA Division III West Region. Swick was chosen NCAA Division III West Region coach of the year. In 2017 the Bearcats finished 28-14 and 18-6 in NWC play. They lost in the NWC Tournament Championship game.
Swick has made winning a common occurrence during his time. The Bearcats are one of only 4 teams in the entire West Region to have 5 straight winning season.
Swick, who served as the Willamette pitching coach and baseball recruiting coordinator in 2006 and 2007, became head coach in September of 2008. Swick, in his 12th season overall, has coached three All-Americans, seven All-Region, 16 First Team All-NWC and one NWC Player of the Year.
Kyle Stalker was Third Team All-America at first base twice (AFCA ‘08, D3baseball.com ‘09) and belted 51 homers in his career. In 2011, outfielder T.C. Lee was named Second Team All-America after achieving a .417 batting average with 12 home runs, 15 doubles, and 44 RBIs.
In 2012, Mitchell Rowan was a Preseason All-America pick. Rowan also was chosen Preseason All-America in 2011 after batting .403 with 12 homers in 2010, but he missed most of the 2011 season due to an injury.
Swick has played a key role in improving the facilities at John Lewis Field since being named head coach. In the fall of 2013, Swick brought in Grant Trenbeath -- a Willamette alumni and the head groundskeeper for the Arizona Diamondbacks -- to re-level the field and improve the infield cutouts at each base. In addition, during his tenure, Swick has added new pro-style benches and an updated clubhouse, along with a pitcher's strength and conditioning room.