Irish Baseball: Swansson named varsity baseball coach
It didn't take long for Rosemount High School athletics director Mike Manning to find the Irish's next varsity baseball coach.
He didn't have far to go either.
Chris Swansson, an assistant for the Irish for the past four years, was named the next coach, taking the post left vacant by Trevor Monroe, who resigned after the season.
"I always wanted to be a head coach," Swansson said. "I didn't anticipate Trevor leaving. So, I wasn't thinking about it right away. Once he resigned, I knew I wanted to throw my name in."
A psychology teacher at Rosemount High School, Swansson is also the offensive coordinator for the Irish football team.
"It was a tough decision, but we think he is the guy to take over the program," Manning said. "You look at his high school and college athletic accomplishments and what he's done here for us.
"It's nice to have a known quantity. He is looked at as one of the outstanding teachers in our building."
Swansson was a three-sport star at Woodbury High School and played football and baseball collegiately at Gustavus. He graduated holding 11 school records in baseball.
Before coming to Rosemount, he was an assistant baseball coach at Edina High School.
Swansson believes playing three sports while growing up has prepared him for the next step.
"I think coaching is an extension of your personality," Swansson said. "It's not like your punching a clock. It's a labor of love, and that makes it easy."