Jeff Swymer steps down as Bishop McLaughlin baseball coach and athletic director

Swymer coached the Hurricanes for six seasons and led them to a state tournament appearance in 2015.
Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer (center) reacts after  a hit from his team in a Class 3A state semifinal against North Florida Christian in 2015. (Photo by Marc Beaudin)
Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer (center) reacts after a hit from his team in a Class 3A state semifinal against North Florida Christian in 2015. (Photo by Marc Beaudin)
Published May 21

Bishop McLaughlin baseball coach Jeff Swymer has resigned as baseball coach and athletic director. Swymer coached baseball for six seasons at the school. He has been its athletic director for two and a half years.

Swymer said he is leaving to take a job outside of teaching.

“It’s probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Swymer said. “All I’ve know is coaching and being around kids and trying to make them better. It’s tough. It’s scary. I had a dream position here as AD and coach. But I don’t have a dream paycheck.”

In six years, Swymer was 126-43 as head coach. He led the Hurricanes to a state tournament appearance in 2015. This season, the Hurricanes were 19-8 and advanced to the region semifinals.

Swymer said the decision to step down was mostly due to family.

“I have a 4-year-old daughter and I went to her VBK graduation last night,” he said. “I was thinking that I haven’t been to a field trip or anything of hers. It made me think about when she is 18 and graduating from high school, how much of this would I have missed?”

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