Versailles promotes Swank to boys hoop head coach

Travis Swank has been promoted to boys varsity basketball coach at Versailles High School. The school board approved his recommendation on Tuesday night.

Swank has been a coach in the program since 2008 and was the Tigers’ JV coach from 2010-16. He succeeds Scott McEldowney, who resigned after a 10-year run (156-80 overall record), including a Division III state runner-up in 2013.

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Swank was a basketball standout at Franklin Monroe and also played at Wittenberg University, where he earned an undergraduate degree. He has a master’s degree from the University of Dayton.

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Versailles (18-7 overall, 8-1 MAC) won the Midwest Athletic Conference title this past season. The Tigers lost 51-49 to Miami East in a D-III sectional final.

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Swank’s promotion is at least the fourth new MAC boys coach for the 2016-17 season. Nick Fisher also was promoted to succeed Mike Bruns at Coldwater. Fisher previously was the Cavaliers’ girls head coach. Mike McClurg also was promoted to succeed Mike Lee at Minster. Lee resigned after 23 seasons as the Cavs’ all-time career wins leader (314).

Rick Hickman resigned at Parkway following this past season and has been succeeded by Panthers athletic director Doug Hughes. He previously submitted his resignation as AD effective after the school year in June.

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