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.”
After almost six years at the helm of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) baseball program, Brian “Bull” Smith has announced he is stepping down to pursue other interests.
The Spartans have two players coming to SWCC this fall from the East side of the country. Erich Gonzalez (left) is a infielder/outfielder that can also take the mound from John F. Kennedy High School in Bronx, NY. Daniel Lopez (right) is a catcher from Coral Park High School in Miami, FL.
Marvin Delarosa an infielder from John F. Kennedy High School in Bronx, NY has signed on to play for the Spartan baseball team starting in the fall of 2014.
Travis Goodrich, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Millard North High School in Omaha, NE, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Spartan baseball team in the fall of 2014.
Two more players have signed on to play for Southwestern this fall. Jake Chevalier (left) is a right handed pitcher and infielder from Van Meter. Chevalier will graduate from Van Meter High School in May. Drew Carlson (right) is a left handed pitcher and outfielder from Bussey. Carlson will graduate from Twin Cedars High School in May.