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Stephanie Swenson, who works primarily with the pitching staff, is in her 11th season as an assistant coach at Long Beach State. During her 10 years at LBSU, Swenson has acquired a deserved reputation for developing young arms and helping pitchers mature.
Swenson has previously guided 49er players to three consecutive Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year awards, and has helped four pitchers earn the honor in her time with Long Beach State. The first came in 2007, when Bridgette Pagano earned the award, and then Brooke Turner followed in her footsteps, while also earning second-team All-America and first-team All-West Region honors. Taylor Petty kept the streak going in 2009 as she was also a first-team all-conference selection. After one season without a freshman pitcher on the roster, Erin Jones-Wesley won the award in 2011, while also being named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-Big West and second-team All-West Region.
Including Jones-Wesley, Swenson has also helped five pitchers earn Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year awards, including three straight from 2004 to 2006. That total includes co-honors for Meredith Cervenka and Marcel Torres in 2004 and 2005. Long Beach State has also had at least one pitcher named first-team All-Big West in nine of Swenson's ten years as the 49ers' pitching coach. Last year, Jones-Wesley once again earned first-team All-Big West honors, as she has in each of the last three seasons.
Under Swenson's tutelage, the 49ers have finished with an earned run average of over 3.00 only two times. In 2004, the 49ers posted a 1.22 season ERA en route to a Big West Championship run and a 51-13 overall record, the best under Swenson, and in 2011, the 49ers set a school record with 361 strikeouts as a staff.
Swenson was a standout pitcher at UCLA under long-time former Bruin coach Sue Enquist. Swenson was an honorable mention All-Pac 10 selection in 2000, posting a 10-1 record with five shutouts and three one-hitters. Swenson finished the 2000 campaign with a 0.81 ERA in 77.2 innings pitched. After her playing days, Swenson helped out the Bruin coaching staff with recruiting.
Swenson currently resides in San Clemente.
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