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#5 Tanner Swanson
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 3 Years

CONTACT
Twitter: @tannerswanson
Email: tswanny@uw.edu
Phone: 206.221.5603

Tanner Swanson is in his second year as a volunteer assistant coach for the Huskies.

Swanson handles the catchers and assists with hitting, base-running and bunting while also taking charge of the camps program.

He mentored and helped develop catcher Austin Rei who was selected in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft, the highest drafted catcher in UW history.  Rei earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 despite only playing in 25 games on the season due to a UCL injury. 

In 2015, Swanson also helped develop freshman catcher Joey Morgan to step in for Rei during his injury.  Morgan made 40 appearances and started 38 games, both the second most by a freshman at UW.  His rate of catching runners stealing was tied for third in the Pac-12, throwing out 17 in 32 attempts. 

Swanson also contributed to recruiting a talented class of 2015, ranked 34th nationally by Perfect Game. Among the 14 players, the Huskies added two accomplished catchers in David Irvine and Willie MacIver.  The class includes the 36th-overall ranked player in the nation, as well as three players in Perfect Game’s top-500.

In 2014, under Swanson's guidance, Rei earned All-Pac-12 honors and developed into one of the nation's top receivers behing the plate. Rei was also named to the All-Pac-12 Defensive team. Andrew Ely led the nation with 26 sacrifice hits and Braden Bishop led the Pac-12 with 21 stolen bases.

In his first full-season at Washington, he helped the Huskies' offense improve dramatically. Washington ended up ranked among the top half of Pac-12 schools in hitting (.279, 3rd), slugging percentage (.378, 4th), on base percentage (.366, 3rd), runs (324, 4th), hits (538, 3rd), runs batted in (298, 3rd), doubles (93, 4th), home runs (26, T3rd) and total bases (729, 4th).

The team's offensive improvement went a long way in helping the Huskies (41-17, 21-9) reach their first NCAA post-season appearance in 10 years and finish second in the Pac-12 Conference race. It was the UW's best finish since 2004 and the 21 Conference wins were the second most since the north and south merged in 1999. The Huskies also acheived their highest national rankings in team history, reaching fifth in Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball.

He also played in integral role in coaching the defense which led the Pac-12 and ranked fifth nationally with .982 fielding percentage. Four Huskies were named to the All-Pac-12 Defensive team, including Defensive Player of the Year Erik Forgione.

Swanson came to the UW as a student manager for the 2012 season and, after briefly ascending into the role of director of baseball operations, moved in to a coaching spot in the fall of 2012.

Prior to coming to Washington, Swanson was the head baseball coach at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash., for the 2011 season. At GRCC, he coached pitcher Cody Hebner, who was drafted in the fourth round that season by the Padres. He also had three players sign letters of intent with Division I programs.

Before moving to Green River, Swanson worked as a lecturer in the school of physical education and school health while also serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Central Washington, in 2010. In 2009, Swanson was an assistant coach at Everett CC and in 2008, he taught and coached baseball at Sultan (Wash.) High.

Swanson has also coached collegiate summer ball with the Moses Lake (Wash.) Pirates and went to the National Baseball Congress World Series three straight years as a player for the Seattle Studs.

Swanson grew up in Roslyn, Wash., where he attended Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, graduating in 2001. He went to Green River for one season and Everett CC for another, earning All-NWAACC honors as a sophomore in 2003. From there, he transferred to Central Washington, where he was a two-year starting infielder and an academic all-conference selection.

Swanson earned a bachelor's degree from CWU in physical education and school health and plans to complete his master's degree in sports administration and leadership from Seattle University this spring.

He and his wife Laura, a dermatology resident at the UW, are the parents of two daughters, Tatum and Harper. Tanner's first cousin, Taylor Johnson, is Washington's director of baseball operations.

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