Kelly Swiney, a 1999 graduate of Allegheny College, is in his ninth season season as the head coach at his alma mater. In his six of his eight seasons as the Gators' skipper, he has guided the team to winning seasons, including a trip to the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Tournament Championship game in 2013.
Last season, Allegheny finished 21-14 overall and owned a 10-4 mark in league play. The Gators rattled off an 11-game winning streak from Apr. 17 to May 7, scoring 113 runs while eclipsing double-digit runs on five different occasions during that stretch. Swiney saw five of his players named All-NCAC in First Team selections Chase Boyer, Robert DiMaggio, and Joe Killian, as well as Honorable Mention picks Jacob Shick and Wyatt Sibiga.
Killian and Boyer became the first Allegheny duo in 23 seasons to respectively be named NCAC Player and Pitcher of the Year. In addition, the pair garnered D3baseball.com and ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region accolades as Killian was named to two First Teams, while Boyer collected Third Team honors from the former and Second Team plaudits from the latters.
Mike Victory was hired to the Gator coaching staff in September 2016.
He arrived in Meadville after spending four seasons as an assistant at St. Mary's College of Maryland. He served as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator during that timeframe, helping the Seahawks' staff lower their team earned run average in his first season. Victory mentored right-handed hurler Sam Beatty, who closed his career in 2014 with postseason recognition from both the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Beatty finished that year with a 2.36 ERA over 76.1 innings, going the distance three times while striking out a total of 68 batters.
Since the winter of 2010, Victory has worked with the USA Baseball Academy as a spring training head coach by organizing eight-week pitching programs and developing pitching and throwing skills of younger baseball players. He has been the head coach of Diamond Skills Baseball since 2015 and served as associate head coach for the Bayhawks Baseball Club from Dec. 2015-16.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jones enters his second year as volunteer assistant coach for the Allegheny Gators. Since his appointment in the fall of 2013, Jones has been tasked with assisting the Allegheny outfield contingent.
Native to the Meadville area, Jones played his high school baseball at Linesville High School before playing at Westminister College (New Wilmington, Pa.). Following his college career, Jones was drafted in the fifth round of the 1972 draft by the New York Yankees. Jones started for the Yankees in 1979 in 14 games as a designated hitter, finishing the season with a .255 batting average. After his playing career, Coach Jones coached the Saegertown/Conneaut American Legion team for 18 years.