Hall of Fame softball coach Bob Swan passed away last week


Robert Swan (Family Photo)

Robert Swan (Family Photo)

Robert G. Swan (June 3, 1936-July 14, 2015)

Robert “Bob” Swan was inducted into the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame in 2006 for good reason. A University of Arizona law graduate, Swan practiced in Arizona for over 45 years while also coaching youth and junior college softball.

Swan coached his teams to two national championships, eighteen national appearances, four top ten finishes and numerous state and regional titles. He aided more than 200 girls in earning college scholarships. During this time he was relentless in his pursuit of improved softball facilities ensuring Title IX was enforced for high school programs across the valley. He touched virtually every aspect of Women’s softball in Arizona working tirelessly to improve softball fields and increasing the caliber and organization of the sport. While he was honored to be inducted into the Arizona Softball Hall of fame in 2006, he was most proud of helping each player become her best. He came out of coaching retirement to coach women’s softball at Scottsdale Community College.

A longtime friend of Mike Candrea, his daughter Katie Swan played for Candrea at the University of Arizona.

“If someone did not know Bob, they would not know how to take his humor, direct approach and why so many people loved him,” Candrea said of his friend and colleague.

“Bob had a big heart who was always there to help others. He loved his kids very much and enjoyed teaching fastpitch softball in the valley for many years. He was a dear friend and will be missed by many!”

After he graduated from North High School where he starred for the state championship football team, he played football at Phoenix College and then earned a full-ride football scholarship at the University of New Mexico where he was a highly decorated football player back when they played “both ways.” After attending UNM, Bob joined the United States Marine Corp where he proudly served and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1965.

Bob was a loving and attentive mentor to his daughters Katie, Jody, and Cammie; his son, Rob; his niece Dionne; and his grandchildren, Drew, Abby, Anthony, Cosimo, Ben, Santino, and Elena. Bob was a loving son to his parents Vera May and Vern and devoted brother to Linda and Don.

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