SHADY HILLS — One of the most successful coaches to ever step foot at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School has decided to step down as the school’s athletic director and baseball coach, Jeff Swymer announced via a statement on Twitter.
The social media posting read: “After six seasons as the head baseball coach and 2 1/2 years as the AD at Bishop McLaughlin, I am stepping away. I have given all I have to the kids, the program, and the school. I want to thank the players for their dedication, commitment, and respect. I want to thank the families that poured into our program and always supported myself and my family.” — Swymer.
Over the span of six seasons at the helm, Swymer was the manager of Bishop McLaughlin’s most successful teams in school history. The Hurricanes compiled a record of 126-43 during Swymer’s tenure and made a trip to the Class 3A state semifinals in 2015. This past season the Hurricanes went 19-8 and reached the Class 3A region semifinals.
Prior to taking over the Hurricanes, Swymer was the head coach at Wiregrass Ranch High School and led the Bulls to a record of 76-33 overall. He went 19-10 in his final season with the Bulls and was able to guide them into the postseason.
Swymer stepping away leaves a vacancy at one of the top varsity baseball programs in Pasco County, as the school continued to improve the facilities for the baseball program. The school will be searching for its fourth baseball coach in the past 10 years.