A. L. Swanson

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A. L. Swanson
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1905-04-19)April 19, 1905
Louisiana
Died November 4, 1987(1987-11-04) (aged 82)
Farmerville, Louisiana
Playing career
Football
1923–1925 LSU
Position(s) Guard, fullback, tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1930 LSU (freshmen)
1931–1937 Southeastern Louisiana
1938 LSU (freshmen)
1947 LSU (line)
1948 LSU (freshmen)
1950 Southwestern Louisiana
Basketball
1944–1945 LSU
Baseball
1943–1945 LSU
Head coaching record
Overall 46–21–4 (football)
4–2 (basketball)
28–23 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Baseball
1 SEC (1943)
Awards
Baseball
SEC Coach of the Year (1943)

Arthur Leonard "Red" Swanson Sr. (April 19, 1905 – November 4, 1987) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at Southeastern Louisiana College—now known as Southeastern Louisiana University—from 1931 to 1937 and at Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning—now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette—in 1950 compiling career college football coaching record of 46–21–4.

From 1943 to 1945 he served as head coach of the LSU Tigers baseball team. His record as LSU's baseball coach was 28–23 and led the 1943 team to an Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship. During the 1944–45 LSU Tigers basketball season, he served as head coach for the final six games, compiling a 4–2 record.

Swanson son, also nicknamed Red Swanson, was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball from 1955 to 1957. The elder Swanson was married to Billie Hightower and died in 1987.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Southeastern Louisiana Lions (Independent) (1931–1937)
1931 Southeastern Louisiana 2–2–2
1932 Southeastern Louisiana 3–5
1933 Southeastern Louisiana 7–3
1934 Southeastern Louisiana 7–3
1935 Southeastern Louisiana 7–2
1936 Southeastern Louisiana 7–0–1
1937 Southeastern Louisiana 8–2–1
Southeastern Louisiana: 41–17–4
Southwestern Louisiana Bulldogs (Gulf States Conference) (1950)
1950 Southeastern Louisiana 5–4 2–3
Southwestern Louisiana: 5–4 2–3
Total: 46–21–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arthur Leonard Swanson (1905 - 1987) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved March 26, 2017.