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C.S. Lewis changing coaches as well as campuses this fall


Class 1A sports — The Watchmen have turned to boys basketball coach Vince Swagerty to lead the volleyball team as well at the local school

Both of C.S. Lewis Academy’s fall sports teams will be under new leadership this season as the Watchmen compete for the first time after merging with Open Bible School.by: SETH GORDON - Double duty - C.S. Lewis Academy boys basketball head coach Vince Swagerty, who will succeed Peter Brady as the head of the Watchmen volleyball program, celebrates a win at the Rose Garden during a home game last season.

Vince Swagerty, who took over the reins of the boys basketball program last season and will transition from OBS principal to CSLA middle school principal this fall, will take over the volleyball program from Peter Brady, who stepped down after three seasons on the job.

C.S. Lewis athletic director Steve Wallo’s hire of Mike Reimer as co-ed soccer coach seems to have been fairly serendipitous as his new head man was coming off 17 years as the head coach at Central Christian College in McPherson, Kan., when he and his family moved to Newberg last month and enrolled their two children at the private Christian school.

“Both of these coaches were meant to be at C.S. Lewis at this time,” Wallo said. “It’s an exciting time for our school and we need great leaders and teachers to continue the momentum we are experiencing.”

The majority of Swagerty’s coaching career has been in basketball, but he did spend six years as a varsity assistant and head junior varsity coach at Glendale High School and was a certified official during the 2012 volleyball season.

Swagerty will be aided by current assistant coach Elizabeth Licon, CSLA parent and former college player Theresa Raudsepp, and former long-time George Fox assistant and current CSLA lead administrator, Mike McConaughey.

Reimer amassed 140 wins (a school record for soccer), coached more than a dozen National Christian College Athletic Association All-Americans and led Central Christian to the NCCAA national tournament twice before stepping down in order to move closer to family in Newberg. Reimer’s wife, Jill, is a Newberg native and Newberg High School graduate.

Reimer replaces Taylor Swan, who stepped down after two seasons.

“I definitely won’t miss the recruiting part of college,” Reimer said. “That is a big plus to just go out and coach and develop the players and enjoy the game.”

While looking at schools for his children upon arriving in late July, Reimer connected Wallo and inquired about the soccer program. A few weeks later he agreed to lead it.

Reimer says he is a defense-first coach and has played every formation and utilized just about every tactic during his career, but will be flexible in finding the best system to suit the talents of his players. More importantly is his players’ attitude toward the game.

“I think the wins come if you create the right environment for the players to enjoy it and (if you) create that motivation to want to play, they give you everything they have,” he said.