HS notes: Hempfield hires Swan as basketball coach
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It didn't take Hempfield long to find a new boys basketball coach.
Less than three weeks after Mark Marino resigned after one season as coach, the school board hired former coach Bill Swan by a 7-0 vote Monday.
Swan coached Hempfield from 2001-09, compiling a 117-76 record and three section titles.
“The administration felt Bill was the best candidate to stabilize the program,” athletic director Greg Meisner said.
After Swan was not rehired after the 2009 season, he became an assistant coach at Greensburg Central Catholic for three seasons.
Swan was hired in May to coach Mt. Pleasant, but resigned Monday after Hempfield hired him.
“I'm excited to be back,” Swan said. “I'm happy the administration selected me and recommended me. It was hard watching other people coach the squad you consider yours.
“The seniors have been playing together since they were in second grade and it's nice to get to coach them this season.”
Hempfield returns three starters: Kason Harrell, Tony Pilato and Swan's son, Logan.
Swan coached three seasons at his alma mater, Connellsville (46-31) before bringing his family to Hempfield.
“I'm happy and lucky to be coaching again,” he said. “I'm glad to be back coaching in the Hempfield family. I always felt myself, coach (Tom) Traynor and coach (Jim) Nesser were part of it. I'm excited to get started again.”
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