Mt. Vernon School District names Swillum May MVP

Coach Nick Swillum, right, receives his MVP plaque from Mt. Vernon Board of Education President Danny Bowling after he was named May MVP for the school district. Swillum, who has been with the district for 29 years, and is set to retire at the end of the school year. (Photo submitted)

Retiring at the end of the school year after 29 years teaching and coaching in the district
On Thursday, May 16, the Mt. Vernon School Board presented coach Nick Swillum with the May MVP Award. Swillum teaches history and is the head baseball coach at Mt. Vernon High School.
Coach Swillum has served as the head baseball coach at Mt. Vernon High School for the past 29 years. He taught social studies for 16 years at the high school. He taught physical education and was the middle school athletic director for 12 years. Swillum is finishing his final year as the assistant athletic director and alternative education instructor at the high school. He coached football for 18 years and middle school volleyball for two years.
When nominating him for MVP, some of his peers said:

“He has given so much time, energy and dedication to every area of influence. Coach Swillum truly takes pride in being a Mountaineer.”

“Coach Swillum has built a well-respected baseball program for the past 29 years. He brings excellence to everything he touches, whether it is in the classroom or on the field. He is a great role model to his athletes. He is intentional about not only coaching baseball but teaching life-lessons that his athletes will draw upon throughout their lives.”
“Coach Swillum fosters community and teamwork wherever he serves. He is a strong and steady presence in the school district. He always has a positive attitude and steps in where he is needed. Many look to him for wisdom and guidance through his many years of experience.”
Coach Swillum will retire at the end of the school year.


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