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Northern State University head men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips announced today the promotion of Jared Swanson to associate head coach. Swanson joined the NSU coaching staff as an assistant in the summer of 2019.


“Jared has certainly earned this promotion over the course of this year,” explained Phillips. “He has been instrumental in our transition to NSU as a coaching staff. He is a big part of this year’s NSIC Overall and Tournament Championships.”


In the last month, the Wolves have won their third straight NSIC Overall and Tournament Championships posting a 26-6 record thus far in 2019-20. Three Wolves earned NSIC All-Conference honors this season, with Parker Fox being named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year. Northern will make their third straight NCAA Central Region Tournament appearance on Saturday, opening versus Missouri Southern at 8:30 p.m. on Maryville.


“I am very thankful to Coach Phillips, Athletic Director Josh Moon, and President Dr. Tim Downs, for this promotion and their support,” noted Swanson. “I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of such a great basketball program and university. My family loves being a part of the Northern State community, and I want to keep working hard to ensure future success, both on and off the court.”


Swanson was previously an assistant for Phillips at both North Dakota State University and Ohio University. In ten years at the Division I level, Swanson has mentored/developed 21 All-Conference award-winning student-athletes, including five all-first team honorees, three freshman of the year, and one conference player of the year.


Swanson most recently spent that last five seasons at Ohio University as an Assistant Coach (2017-19), and prior to that as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations (2014-17).  In 2015-16, the Bobcats produced the second biggest turnaround in program history, going 23-12 overall with a trip to the CBI semifinals.


Prior to his time at OU, Swanson spent one season at San Jose State and two seasons at North Dakota State as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations. The Bison went 41-24 in his two seasons, earning a berth into the College Basketball Invitational each year.


Swanson began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Boise State University. The Broncos went 22-13 overall and advanced to the semifinal round of the CBI. From 2008-10, Swanson spent time as an assistant coach at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Washington and as the head coach at Payson High School in Payson, Arizona.  Before starting his coaching career, Swanson played four seasons of professional basketball in Australia, garnering two League-MVP awards, while leading the league in scoring two years.


He is a 2003 graduate of Concordia College with a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education, and 2011 graduate of Idaho State University with a master’s degree in Physical Education in Athletic Administration. Swanson played collegiately at Fergus Falls Community College where he was an all-state and all-region selection, as well as the 2000 Fergus Falls Student-Athlete of the Year. Swanson moved on to the University of North Dakota and then to Concordia College. He closed out his college career as a MIAC first team selection for the Cobbers.


Jared and his wife, Jessica, have two sons, Jett and Nash, and one daughter, Luna.