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Williamsburg names 2004 grad Eric Swords as new head boys basketball coach

Swords comes home to Williamsburg from Berea, where he was 66-53 in four years with the Pirates.
Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 12:01 PM EDT
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WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Eric Swords, who played basketball for Williamsburg from 2000-2004, confirmed with WYMT that he will be the new head boys’ basketball coach for the Yellow Jackets. The school also released a statement on Monday morning with the news.

Posted by Williamsburg City School on Monday, August 17, 2020

Swords comes home to Williamsburg from Berea, where he was 66-53 in four years with the Pirates. In the 2019-2020 season, Swords led Berea to a 22-10 record and an appearance in the 11th Region tournament. The 22 wins are a school record of the Pirates.

“That’s the biggest thing is we’re big into trying to help kids and do community service things. But when it’s kids that grew up in your same neighborhood and from the same time, it makes it a little different,” Swords said about being able to come back home and coach. “So I think it’ll mean more. You know, you always put expectations on yourself to be the best and try to help as many people as you can. But I think it’ll mean a little bit more.”

Before Berea, Swords landed his first head coaching job at Lynn Camp from 2013-2015. He went 18-40 with the Wildcats with an overall head coaching record of 84-93.

Swords takes over for Nick Napier, who stepped down in late July.

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