Tanner Swanson begins his first year as the Huskies' volunteer assistant coach for the 2013 season. Swanson will handle the catchers and assist with hitting, base-running and bunting while also taking charge of the camps program.
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 a daughter, Tatum. Tanner's first cousin, Taylor Johnson, is Washington's director of baseball operations.