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By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (July 7, 2015) — Stephenville has found its new head baseball coach.
Justin Swenson, the assistant baseball coach at Iowa Park, officially took the job on Monday, according to Stephenville athletic director Alan Haire. The hiring does not require a vote of SISD trustees, who in their regular June meeting voted to grant complete hiring authority throughout the summer to Superintendent Matt Underwood.
“Coach Swenson brings a lot of excitement and enthusiasm to the field, he has a strong baseball background and is strong in other sports, not just baseball,” said Haire.
A source Monday evening reported to The Flash that Swenson has experience coaching safeties in football, another void left when head baseball coach James Boxley left Stephenville for 6A Tyler Lee.
Iowa Park was ranked No. 1 in Class 4A for much of the season, but was eliminated by Abilene Wylie in the second round of the state playoffs. Wylie, a district rival with Stephenville, went on to reach the state semifinals. Swenson’s older brother is the head coach at Iowa Park. His younger brother just graduated from there, having starred as a shortstop and pitcher.
Swenson takes over a program that Boxley led to five straight playoff appearances. The 2013 Yellow Jackets made the program’s first-ever appearance in the regional finals. Stephenville was eliminated in the area round in 2015, falling to eventual regional finalist Venus.
An early morning call to Swenson was not immediately returned by 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, but The Flash expects to speak with him and have updates as the day goes on.