LINDSBORG — You can take the “interim” tag off of Bethany College interim tennis coach Tony Swiantek.
Bethany announced today that Swiantek, who led the Swedes to the NAIA National Tournament this month, is now the permanent head coach.
Monica Chapman also has had her interim tag removed as the assistant coach as she’ll join the program full time.
"Throughout his time at Bethany, Tony has shown that he is ready to be a head coach and continue the success of the Swedes tennis programs," Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "He has the knowledge base, the recruiting acumen and the work ethic to be a very outstanding leader of our student-athletes. Monica brings a high-level playing background and teaching experience to her position. She truly loved her time as a Bethany student-athlete, and serving as both programs' assistant coach will allow for her to pass her passion for Swedes tennis along to others."
Swiantek has been with the Swedes for eight years as an assistant, each year ending with a KCAC championship and berth in the national tournament. The women won five conference titles and had two NAIA national appearances.
Swiantek won the Class 4A state championship in doubles as a junior at Pratt High School, ending the season with a 37-0 record, and finished fifth in singles as a senior with a record of 34-1. He later 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.
"I'm looking forward to carrying on the great tennis tradition here at Bethany," Swiantek said. "To have a former No. 1 singles player and team captain on staff like Monica is a blessing and I know coach Chapman and myself are excited for the future of Bethany tennis."
Chapman is a 2013 graduate of Bethany, where she majored in Physical Health and Wellness. She was a four-year and team captain for two years. She played in the top singles and doubles position her senior year, and was also the Champion of Character award winner for two years at Bethany.
"I am thrilled to accept the position of assistant tennis coach for the Bethany College tennis teams," she said. "I feel honored to be able to coach a team that I once had the pleasure to be a part of. We have a lot to look forward to as a program, especially with the new courts on the way."