Women’s Basketball — Swinson, Mitchell earn promotions

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NATCHITOCHES – Aaron Swinson and Nicole Mitchell will find themselves one seat closer to midcourt when the Northwestern State women’s basketball team tips off the 2019-20 season.

Head coach Jordan Dupuy announced promotions Wednesday for both Swinson and Mitchell, who joined the Lady Demons staff prior to the 2018-19 season. Swinson has been elevated to associate head coach while Mitchell adds recruiting coordinator duties to her assistant coaching spot.

Both promotions are subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which governs Northwestern State.

“I am so happy to be able to retain Aaron and Nicole for this upcoming season and to be able to give them most-earned promotions,” said Dupuy, who begins his fourth season in November. “Both are very deserving and have great relationships — not only with our players but all people on campus as well.”

Swinson takes the place of Deneen Parker, who now is at Indiana State, while Mitchell slides into Swinson’s former role on the staff.

In his first season at Northwestern State, Swinson worked primarily with NSU’s backcourt but will transition to working with post players. A former Auburn University standout, Swinson has a varied resume that includes coaching in the NBA G League and serving as the interim head coach at Prairie View A&M.

“Aaron has shown great leadership and organization in all facets of our program and is deserving of the associate head coach title,” Dupuy said. “He has dealt with all aspects of a basketball program and will be instrumental in the advancement of our program in hopes he will have his own one day.”

A standout player and assistant coach at Christopher Newport University, Mitchell made a smooth transition in her first year coaching at the Division I level and now will also lead Northwestern State’s recruiting efforts.

She also will work closely with the Northwestern State backcourt.

“Nicole has handled a great deal of duties, basically doing three jobs in one,” Dupuy said. “She was an assistant, an operations person and a GA all wrapped in one. She has done a tremendous job in both her on-the-court and off-the-court duties. She is ready for the next step, which is the coordinating of our recruiting efforts.”

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