In a surprise announcement Wednesday, long-time Bethany College tennis head coach Vic Bateman has resigned just as the spring season is getting underway.

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, long-time Bethany College tennis head coach Vic Bateman has resigned just as the spring season is getting underway.
Assistant coach Tony Swiantek was named interim head coach for both the men’s and women’s program.
“I would like to thank Vic Bateman for his service to Bethany College,” Dane Pavlovich, Bethany College Dean of Athletics, said. “I am excited that Coach Swiantek has accepted our offer to serve as the interim head coach of our tennis program.”
Bateman has been with the Swedes for 11 seasons, winning 11 men’s and five women’s KCAC titles. The men have made the NAIA National Tournament 10 straight ties during his tenure, while the women have two national tournament trips.
Swiantek has been with the Swedes for the last eight years. As a player, he won the Class 4A state doubles championship as a junior at Pratt High School.
Collegiately, Swiantek attended Barton County Community College and finished up at NCAA Division I Robert Morris University, where his senior season saw him post the second highest win total in school history.
“It is truly an honor to follow in the footsteps of the renowned Bethany College tennis coaches” Swiantek said. “I will do my best to carry on the great tradition here at Bethany.”