Women's Basketball Names Swinson Assistant Coach|
June 20, 2011
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati women’s basketball head coach Jamelle Elliott announced today that former University of Tulsa assistant coach Aaron Swinson will join the Bearcats coaching staff beginning in the 2011-12 season.
“We are excited to have Aaron complete our staff,” Elliott said. “He has an excellent basketball resume as a player and a coach on a variety of levels. His ability to develop players and his passion while doing so is a joy to watch. Aaron is a student of the game and has an excellent basketball mind but more importantly he is genuine, respectable, and a total gentleman. I am looking forward to working with him and having him become a part of The Bearcat Family.”
Swinson, a former NBA and international basketball standout, 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. and a 2012 inductee in his hometown Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame, 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.