LINDSBORG — Tony Swiantek has taken over as interim head coach of the Bethany College men’s and women’s tennis teams following the resignation of longtime coach Vic Bateman.
"I would like to thank Vic Bateman for his service to Bethany College," Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "I am excited that coach Swiantek has accepted our offer to serve as the interim head coach of our tennis program."
Bateman’s teams won 11 men's and five women's conference titles, with 10 straight NAIA National Tournament appearances for the men and two national tournament appearances for the women.
Swiantek is no stranger to the Bethany program as has spent the past eight seasons as assistant men's and women's tennis coach for the Swedes.
He had an outstanding playing career. He won the 4A state championship in doubles as a junior at Pratt High School, going 37-0, and finished fifth in singles as a senior with a record of 34-1.
He then attended Barton County Community College before moving on to graduate from NCAA Division I Robert Morris University. He finished his senior season with the second highest win total in school history.
"It is truly an honor to follow in the footsteps of the renowned Bethany College tennis coaches," Swiantek said. "I will do my best to carry on the great tradition here at Bethany."