College News

Published July 21, 2017 9:49 am

Kenny Namanny

Southwestern Community College Athletic Director Todd Lorensen announced today Kenny Namanny, a Schleswig native, who has been assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for the Spartans since 2014, will be stepping in as interim head baseball coach effective immediately.

Read more: Spartans Look Within to Fill Late Coaching Vacancy

Published July 20, 2017 12:04 pm

Marty Maynes

Southwestern Community College recently announced Martin (Marty) Maynes of Des Moines as the head coach for the Spartans softball program.

Maynes has most recently been the head softball coach and a softball instructor for Iowa Premier Fastpitch in Des Moines. He has served in this role for the past four years. Maynes has coached multiple teams at PGF Nationals, the power pool at Sparkler, and World Fastpitch Championships.

Maynes will begin recruiting for his 2017-18 Spartan softball roster immediately.

Read more: Southwestern Announces Softball Coach

Published July 20, 2017 12:00 pm

Southwestern Community College’s baseball program has received a number of honors in the post-season following their spring 2017 run—six players were named all-region, 21 players were named academic all-region, seven players earned NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards, and for the second consecutive year the team received Academic All-American recognition.

The NJCAA named its academic student-athlete award recipients following the end of spring semester. Southwestern Spartan baseball players being named first team, earning a 4.0 grade point average, included Gabriel Leon, sophomore, of Caracas, Venezuela; Stephan Soto, freshman, of Lajas, Puerto Rico; and Kevin Torres, sophomore, of Jacksonville, FL.

For second team academic honors with the NJCAA, the student must have earned a grade point average between 3.8 and 3.99. Second team honors went to SWCC Spartans Andre Beltran, sophomore, of Lincoln, NE; Dylan Torres, freshman, of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico; Kenneth Negron, sophomore, of Florida, Puerto Rico; and Rauvardo Torres, sophomore, of Carolina, Puerto Rico.

In May, the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) named its all-region players and teams. Southwestern players named Second Team All-Region included Ian Torres, sophomore, of Ponce, Puerto Rico; Pedro Nazario, freshman, of Cidra, Puerto Rico; and Victor Perez, sophomore, of Tavernier, FL. Spartans being named Honorable Mention All-Region included Erick Espinosa, sophomore, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico; Stephan Soto, freshman, of Lajas, Puerto Rico; and Gabriel Leon, sophomore, of Caracas, Venezuela.

The Spartan selections for the ICCAC’s Academic All-Region teams follow:

First Team All-Region

Andre Beltran, Dylan Torres, Emilio Candelario, Erick Espinosa, Gabriel Leon, Ian Torres, Jake Duren, Kenneth Negron, Kevin Torres, Rauvardo Torres, Stephan Soto, and Victor Perez

 Second Team All-Region

Angel Morales, John Poldberg, Manuel Hazoury, Marcus Chieves, Nathan Torres, Nick Houzenga, Pedro Nazario, Sean Houston, and Waldemar Figueroa.

SWCC’s baseball program is led by Head Coach Pedro Hernandez.

Published July 20, 2017 10:07 am

Pictured:  Rafael Aviles, Jasmine’s father; Jasmine Aviles; and Southwestern Head Women’s Basketball Coach Addae Houston

The Spartans of Southwestern Community College confirmed the addition of Jasmine Aviles, a 5-foot 10-inch small forward/power forward of Crawfordville, FL, to their 2017-18 women’s basketball roster.

Aviles, a May 2017 graduate of Wakulla High School, was a 2015-16 and 2016-17 honorable mention all-conference selection and started varsity all four years of high school. Academically, she was a member of the Honors Court, National Honor Society, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was ranked in the top 10 in her class.

Read more: Spartans Gain Post Player from Florida

Published July 13, 2017 1:30 pm

In photo (L to R):  Sitting - Blake Binns and Crystal Binns, Blake’s mother.  Standing - Marc Roberg, SWCC sports shooting coach

Blake Binns, of Winterset, committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team last week.

Read more: Winterset’s Blake Binns Headed to SWCC

Published July 13, 2017 11:49 am

Vanessa Romo

Southwestern Community College Head Coach Addae Houston has added Colorado student-athlete Vanessa Romo to his line-up for the 2017-18 Spartan women’s basketball campaign.

Romo, a 5-foot-7-inch guard, from Denver, CO, played for Legacy High School where she earned second-team all-conference honors two seasons during high school. She graduated in May 2017.

Read more: Houston Recruits Colorado Guard to Spartan Team

Published July 11, 2017 4:34 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met electronically on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. in the president’s office in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.
The board approved the hiring of Brooke Owen, nursing instructor, and Josh Keul, electrical technology instructor, for the 2017-18 academic year.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds July 2017 Meeting

Published July 10, 2017 12:20 pm

AmazonPrime 2017

Prime Day with is Tuesday, July 11, 2017! Head to to shop with Amazon and give to the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation. For each dollar spent, Amazon will donate a percentage of the purchase price to the college's Education Foundation.

Published July 5, 2017 1:21 pm

Haylea Engrand signs with the Dazzlers

Haylea England, of Mount Ayr, has committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Dazzlers dance team for their 2017-18 season.

Read more: SWCC Dance Team Adds Mount Ayr Dancer

Published July 3, 2017 4:24 pm

The Bright Scholars of Iowa award is once again available to Iowa high school seniors, who are strong academically but may lack the financial means to enable them to earn a college degree, planning to attend Southwestern Community College (SWCC) this fall.

Read more: Bright Scholars Awards Available for 2017-18