A new era of baseball is set to begin at Southwestern Community College (SWCC). Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director, announced late last week Pedro Hernandez of Iowa Falls will succeed Brian Smith as head coach of the Spartan baseball program. He will begin recruiting immediately.
Hernandez comes to SWCC from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls where he has been the assistant baseball coach and a TRiO—Student Support Services coordinator since September 2012. Hernandez was a strength and conditioning coach for the Washington Nationals baseball team in 2011 and on the coaching staff with Team Puerto Rico Baseball AAU 18U in 2009.
Hernandez plans to hit the ground running in his new head coaching position. “I am very excited to be joining the SWCC family,” Hernandez stated. “I would like to thank Bill Krejci [SWCC athletic director] and the rest of the SWCC administration for the opportunity to lead their baseball program. I am going to work hard to build a program that not only SWCC will be proud of, but the community as well.”
SWCC track and field standout Theo Piniau continues to excel in his summer track and field endeavors. He is now a national champion! Piniau won the 400 meter dash during the Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Championships in Kokopo, PNG, from June 6-9. Piniau was also a member of the winning 4x400 and 4x100 teams.
Piniau recently completed his freshman year at SWCC. During his first season as a Spartan, he set the school record in the 400 m for both indoor and outdoor track (49.00 and 47.39) and was also a qualifier for both the indoor (60m, 400m and 4x400m) and outdoor (400m, 4x100m and 4x400m) NJCAA National Track and Field Championships.
Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.
Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, talked to the board regarding a proposal to partner with Union County Habitat for Humanity for the third year on construction of a house during the 2014-15 school year by SWCC’s high school carpentry program in Creston. Students from area high schools are eligible to enroll in the high school carpentry program. The Habitat for Humanity house will be built at 622 North Birch Street in Creston. The board authorized the college to enter into the building partnership agreement.
New Southwestern Community College Volleyball Coach Ting Liu didn’t have to travel far to find her latest recruit—Brittany Malone, 2014 East Union High School graduate.
Malone made two state volleyball appearances during her high school career. She was on the 2012 team that finished the season as Pride of Iowa Conference champs. She was named first team all-conference as defensive specialist. In addition to her success in volleyball, she also made it to state two years for track and left a legacy at East Union by beating school records in track.
Two Solon High School graduates—Brandon Dvorsky and Easton Ressler—made it official during the Iowa High School Clay Target Competition, May 30-June 1 in Cedar Falls, they are headed to Southwestern Community College in Creston this fall where they will participate in sports shooting.
Nick Ballou of Mount Pleasant has signed with the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team for the 2014-15 season.
Ballou is a May 2014 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School where he was a member of the high school trap shooting team.
“Nick rounds out a talented trio of sports shooters from Mount Pleasant,” SWCC Head Sports Shooting Coach Charlie Mundy explained. “I look forward to working with this group and having them on our team.”
This weekend, May 15-17, 2014, at the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Mesa, AZ, Southwestern’ s men’s and women’s track teams continued the success they had during the regular season by turning in record breaking times and distances at the national meet.
Erin Coker, a May 2014 Cedar Rapids Kennedy graduate, is headed to Southwestern Community College (SWCC) to play for Ting Liu, who is in her first-year coaching the Spartans volleyball team.
During high school, Coker was a four-year starter for the Kennedy volleyball team. She played in two state tournaments and received all-metro and all-conference honors for her last three years of high school. In addition to her athletic honors, Coker was named to the Kennedy Honor Roll of Excellence all trimesters during high school and was a member of the Science National Honor Society.
Tiffany Carpenter of Creston, a Early Childhood Education major, signed on to the sports shooting team for the 2014-2015 season.
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- Winterset Athlete to Shoot for Spartans
- Spartans Announce Head Golf Coach
- Piniau Selected for PNG National Team
- Griswold Grad to Shoot for the Spartans
- Colfax-Mingo Infielder to Play Softball for SWCC Spartans
- Four Athletes Join Southwestern Community College’s Volleyball Program
- Williams Finishes in top Half of National Field
- SWCC Spartans add Versatile Mt Ayr Player to Line-Up
- Fort Madison Athlete Headed to SWCC for Basketball