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Former Wiregrass Ranch baseball coach Jeff Swymer hired to same position at Bishop McLaughlin

Posted Jul 8, 2013 by Mike Camunas

Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 05:32 PM

Jeff Swymer has landed on his feet.

Less than a month after resigning from his position as Wiregrass Ranch baseball coach amid controversy, Swymer has been hired as head baseball coach at Bishop McLaughling Catholic High School, dean Joseph Jasinski said Monday afternoon.

“It’s going to be different not being in maroon, but I’m glad to be back,” Jeff Swymer told the Tampa Tribune. “I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity after the situation and what was put out there. I know there will be concerns, but it’ll be a chance for me and the team to start over.”

“We’re very excited to have Jeff come aboard,” Jasinski added. “We’ve been searching very hard and for a while for someone to fill that position and given his experience, it was a perfect fit for us. He was too good to pass up.”

On June 13, Swymer faced a year-long suspension by the Pasco County District School Board after it was found that he was drinking while in charge of his baseball team during a Spring Break tournament trip in March. Swymer opted to resign from his position following the team’s most successful season that ended with a loss in the Class 7A region final.

Swymer, who was named the Pasco Tribune Baseball Coach of the Year, had the support of Wiregrass administration following the incident, as well outpouring support from parents and players. Swymer said he had more than 250 letters of support sent to him, as well as more than 500 signatures on a petition that was started to be sent to the school board in hopes to lessen the suspension that might allow Swymer to return during the 2014 baseball season.

Swymer points to that support as a way to alleviate any concerns parents of Bishop McLaughlin players might have as he takes over.

“I’m sure they will — I expect it,” Swymer said. “But I have people willing to vouch for my character and the support of Bishop and its staff. It was a stupid mistake on my part and I’m going to get into the past is the past and all that. I’m here now and I’m going to show and give Bishop everything I have. 

Jasinski said Swymer reached out for the open position, even though it had been closed. Jasinski said they were intrigued to have such a worthy candidate apply, given Swymer winning track record.

Swymer had a 76-33 record in four seasons at Wiregrass, including leading the Bulls to a 19-10 record and the Class 7A region final that included an upset of then-nationally ranked Steinbrenner High School. The 2013 season was also Wiregrass’ first postseason berth in program history.

Bishop, however, had a poor season, going 13-18 before seeing its head coach of two seasons, Tom LoSauro, resign. LoSauro was 30-23 in two seasons, but had previously won a Class 3A state baseball title with Bishop Verot in Fort Myers.

And Swymer is ready to hit the ground running. Monday afternoon, he was already around the Hurricanes team, heading over to Land O’ Lakes High to watch them play summer league ball.

“I need to see where to start and get my staff together, but I’m ready, and you know me, I work hard all the time,” Swymer said. “I’m excited to get started and ready

Correspondent Mike Camunas can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter @MikeCamunas.

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