D1 Catching Camps

Tanner Swanson



Tanner Swanson is currently the MiLB Catching Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. Renown as one of the top catching instructors in the country, Swanson has gained a reputation as a respected clinician within in the baseball coaching community. He has been a featured speaker at the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) National Convention, CatcherCon, Baseball Ontario among others and has appeared on many podcasts dedicated to baseball player development.


Swanson joined the Twins after a brief stint at Santa Clara University in 2017. Swanson spent the previous five seasons at the University of Washington. Swanson was responsible for the mentorship of the Husky catchers. During his tenure, UW catchers garnered four All-Pac-12 Conference selections and one All-American honor. Under Swanson’s tutelage, UW witnessed its two highest drafted catchers in the 117-year history of the program. Joey Morgan was selected 95th overall to the Detroit Tigers in 2017. D1baseball.com named Morgan the top defensive catching prospect in the NCAA entering the 2017 MLB draft. Morgan finished his junior campaign as a Baseball America Second Team All-American, a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist, an All-Pac-12 selection and a member of the All-Pac-12 Defensive Team. Morgan was also an All-Pac-12 selection in 2016.


The only Husky catcher to ever be drafted higher than Morgan was his predecessor, Austin Rei, who was also coached by Swanson. Rei garnered All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Defensive Team accolades in 2014 and was an All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2015 after missing numerous games due to injury. The Boston Red Sox selected him 81st overall in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft.


Swanson began at UW as a graduate manager for the 2011-2012 season and, after briefly ascending into the role of Director of Baseball Operations, moved into a coaching position in the fall of 2012. Prior to joining Washington’s staff, Swanson was the head baseball coach at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, for the 2011 season. Before moving to Green River, Swanson worked as a lecturer in the School of Physical Education and School Health while also serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Central Washington University (CWU), in 2010. In 2009, Swanson was an assistant coach at Everett Community College and in 2008, he taught and coached baseball at Sultan High School.


Swanson grew up in Roslyn, Washington, where he attended Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, graduating in 2001. He went to Green River for one season and Everett CC for another, earning All-NWAACC honors as a sophomore in 2003. From there, he transferred to CWU, where he was an Academic All-Conference selection.


Swanson earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and School Health from CWU and is on track to complete his Masters in Sports Administration and Leadership from Seattle University later this spring.