Assistant coach Ben Swank will be entering his third season as part of the Green Bay men's basketball coaching staff in 2017-18.
With his recruiting and scouting talents, Swank helped Green Bay earn its fifth-consecutive postseason appearance in 2016-17, after the team accepted an invitation to the 2017 College Basketball Invitational.
Along with helping the team to a third-place finish in the Horizon League, Swank's recruiting helped land incoming freshmen for the 2017-18 season, including Manny Patterson, Trevian Bell, PJ Pipes and Will Chevalier.
In just his first season on the Green Bay bench, Swank helped lead the Phoenix to its first NCAA Tournament bid in 20 years and lifted the trophy as the 2016 Horizon League Tournament Champions following the team's win over Wright State in Detroit for #MotorCityMadness.
In April of 2016, Swank was named to the NABC/Under Armour 30-Under-30 team, which highlights young, up-and-coming coaches across the nation. He was the only coach from the Horizon League or the state of Wisconsin to be selected to the team.
With Swank on the sidelines, Green Bay set multiple program records including points scored, steals, total rebounds, field goals made and free throws made among many others. The team ranked first in the NCAA in total steals and free throws attempted and ranked sixth in points per game.
Swank, a dual sport athlete in college, will be serving on Darner's staff for the fourth-consecutive season. In his last two seasons at Florida Southern, Swank helped the Mocs to a 62-6 record overall, two Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament titles, and the 2015 Division II National Championship. He also spent the 2012-13 year as an assistant coach at Allegheny College.
Swank is a 2011 graduate of Edinboro University, where he graduated with a degree in health and physical education in 2011. He was a four-year lettermen in football as a free safety and played basketball for the Fighting Scots in 2011-12.
In his first season with the Mocs, Swank was part of a Moccasin team that posted a 26-5 record and captured both the regular season and postseason Sunshine State Conference Championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament for the seventh consecutive year.
Swank, who was a two-sport student-athlete at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pa., graduated with Cum Laude honors with a degree in health and physical education in 2011.
As a student-athlete with the Fighting Scots, Swank was a four-year lettermen in football as a free safety, including serving as a team captain as a junior in 2010. He was named a Second-Team Academic All-American in 2008 and was a part of an Edinboro football team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA D-II Playoffs in 2009. That 2009 Fighting Scot team finished with a 9-4 record and finished third in the PSAC.
Along with playing football at Edinboro, Swank played one season of basketball for the Fighting Scots in 2011-12. In his only season of hoops, Swank played in 16 games serving as a back-up point guard and helped the team to a 13-13 overall record. He shot 44 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the 3-point line in those 16 games.
In addition to his one season of serving as an assistant at Allegheny, Swank has also served as a counselor at numerous individual and team camps the past three years. His father, Stan Swank, just recently competed his 28th season as the head women's basketball coach at Edinboro University. In his 28 years with the Fighting Scots, Swank has compiled a 513-282 record and is among the Top 20 winningest active coaches in Division II women's basketball.
Swank spent the fall of 2006 as a football scholarship student-athlete at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. At the Naval Academy Prep School, Swank played football for six months, before transferring to Edinboro for the spring 2007 semester.
As a high school student-athlete at General McLane High School in Edinboro, Swank competed in football, basketball and track. As a basketball player, he scored over 1,000 points and led his school to a 96-19 overall record, including winning two District 10 titles, one Region Championship and one ECL title, along with advancing to the Pennsylvania State semifinals as a senior in 2006. In football, helped General McLane post a 39-7 record and played in the Pennsylvania East vs. West All-Star Game and was a multiple time District 10 winner in track and was a member of the school's record setting 400 meter relay team.
Swank, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education, also earned a minor in coaching at Edinboro and completed three credits as a graduate student in the Educational Leadership program at Edinboro.