WAYNE – With the women’s golf season set to begin in mid-September for Wayne State College, Director of Athletics Mike Powicki recently named Nick Swaney as the head coach.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, Swaney replaces Joey Baldwin, who resigned on July 21 to take the head women’s and men’s golf coaching position at Arkansas Tech. Swaney officially begins his duties at Wayne State on Thursday, September 1.
Powicki said, “we are excited to have coach Nick Swaney join the Wildcat team as our next head women’s golf coach. He brings a wealth of coaching and recruiting experience to our golf team and has shown the ability to build a successful program. We were looking for someone that could continue the great trajectory Wildcat women’s golf is on and feel Nick absolutely fits that mold. We welcome coach Swaney and his family to Wayne State.”
Swaney comes to Wayne State after serving as head men’s golf coach at Midland University for the last 13 years. He coached the Warriors to the GPAC runner up finish last season (2021-22) and was selected Hauff Sports GPAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year. Swaney has led the Midland men’s golf team to a top five finish in the GPAC Championships every year since 2013, including the 2014 GPAC Men’s Championship and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament where the Warriors placed 22nd overall, the highest national finish in program history.
Swaney’s players at Midland also excelled in the classroom leading NAIA in Scholar Athletes in 2017, 2018 and 2019. While at Midland, Swaney also served as assistant athletic director for five years.
Prior to coaching at Midland, Swaney served as the inaugural and only men’s golf coach at Dana College in Blair from 2009-10.
Swaney is a graduate of Nebraska-Kearney where he played collegiate golf from 2003-07. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UNK in business administration and later obtained a master’s degree in organizational development from Upper Iowa in 2014.
Swaney added, “I’m excited for this opportunity with Wayne State and the new challenge in my coaching career. I appreciate the confidence from the Wayne State leadership team in my ability to lead the women’s golf team moving forward. Coach Baldwin did a great job building the footwork for a successful program at WSC and I am looking forward to continuing to move this program forward to new heights.”
Swaney inherits a Wildcat women’s golf program that placed second last spring at the 2022 NSIC Women’s Golf Championships. Wayne State opens the 2022-23 golf season September 19 – 20 at the Golden Bear Classic in St. Paul, Minnesota.