A. L. Swanson

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A. L. Swanson
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1905-04-19)April 19, 1905
Louisiana, United States
Died November 4, 1987(1987-11-04) (aged 82)
Farmerville, Louisiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1931–1937 Southeastern Louisiana
1950 Southwestern Louisiana
1944–1945 LSU
1943–1945 LSU
Head coaching record
Overall 46–21–4 (football)
9–4 (basketball)
28–23 (baseball)

Arthur Leonard "Red" Swanson, Sr. was the second head football coach for the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions located in Hammond, Louisiana and he held that position for seven seasons, from 1931 until 1937. His coaching record at Southeastern Louisiana was 41 wins, 17 losses, and 4 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him second at Southeastern Louisiana in total wins and first at Southeastern Louisiana in winning percentage (.694).[1]

From 1943-1945 he served as head coach of the LSU Tigers baseball team. His record as LSU's baseball coach is 27–21 and he coached the 1943 team to an SEC championship. During the 1944-1945 LSU Tigers basketball season, he served as coach for six games, compiling a 4–2 record.

In 1950 he coached the USL football team. The team finished with a 5–4 record.

Red's son, also nicknamed Red Swanson, was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball from 1955 to 1957. He was married to Billie Hightower and died in 1987.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Arthur Leonard Swanson (1905 - 1987) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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