This year, baseball got a surprising new addition, and a familiar face, on the coaching staff. Jack Sweat, a 2015 Pinewood graduate, joined the baseball team as an assistant coach for the 2017 season. While at Pinewood, Sweat was a multi-sport athlete, excelling in baseball, football, and basketball from freshman to senior year. His technical knowledge, and experience, along with his personality, made him an ideal candidate for
“[Jack] was always joking around in the clubhouse, but he knew when to get serious . . . And I think this will really help him as a coach,” senior Chris Burton said.
These qualities made him an important part of the Pinewood sports community, and also played a factor in his hiring.
“He was always one of the leaders in the clubhouse, and I think that the fact that he played at Pinewood, too, and kind of knows what we’re about is really going to be special,” Burton said.
Those qualities were also praised by athletic director Matt Stimson, who played an important part in the hiring of Jack Sweat.
“Former student, good energy, lots of charisma, [and] he’s got a good knowledge of how the facilities work at Pinewood,” Stimson said.
Sweat first heard about the opening after texting with former head coach Sam Stewart, who is pursuing a career in Australia’s professional baseball league. Sweat approached Stimson about additional coaching help for the baseball team, and ended up with an assistant coaching position.
Sweat’s specialty is strength and conditioning training; he has made it his mission to ensure that the team is in peak physical shape in time for their first games.
Sweat is an exciting new addition to the Pinewood coaching community, and he is sure to be a key asset to the baseball team in the season to come.