NBA and international roots inspire Bearcats assistant women's basketball coach Aaron Swinson
Photos from UC's 56-48 win over Rutgers on March 2, 2013.
Aaron Swinson, a former Tulsa University assistant coach and NBA and international basketball standout, is in his third season in 2013-14 as an assistant coach for the University of Cincinnati women's basketball.
Swinson spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Tulsa. During his tenure with the Golden Hurricane, he was instrumental in coaching three-time all-Conference USA performer, two-time C-USA All-Defensive Team honoree and the 2010 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Larrissa Williams.
While at Tulsa, Swinson, a native of Brunswick, Ga., also spent one season as an assistant coach with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. In 2008, he also served as one of the 10 selected head coaches for the NBA Development League pre-draft camp, and was an assistant coach for the inaugural NBA Development League in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Prior to his stint with the 66ers, Swinson was the Holland Hall Preparatory School varsity girl's basketball head coach. In 2006, he led the Dutch to a Southwest Preparatory Conference Division 2 Championship.
Swinson was a three-year letterwinner and two-year team captain at Auburn University from 1991-94. He was a two-time all-Southeastern Conference selection and concluded his career with a .609 field goal percentage, just behind Charles Barkley's .626 on the school's all-time chart. He had a 16.9 scoring average and totaled 1,386 career points, which is No. 12 in the program's history.
Additionally, Swinson has 11 years of professional playing experience, beginning in 1994 with the Phoenix Suns. He was selected as the first overall pick by the Yakima Sun Kings in the 1994 Continental Basketball Association draft and led the team to the CBA championship a year later. Swinson earned team MVP and first-team all-Rookie accolades that season. He also played 10 seasons internationally in Italy, Spain, France and Argentina.
After completing his playing career, Swinson returned to Auburn and received his bachelor's degree in adult education in 2005.
Swinson is also a 2011 graduate of the NCAA and BCA A.C.E. Program. In addition, Swinson is a member of the BCA (Black Coaches & Administrators) and WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association).
Swinson and his wife, Charlene Thomas-Swinson, have one son, Charles, and a daughter, Jada.