Swansson earns Butch Nash awardWoodbury assistant football coach recognized for his achievements and longevity.
Scott Swansson has been an assistant football coach for 31 years — most of them at Woodbury High School.
For his service over the past three decades, he has been recognized as recipient of the Butch Nash Award, joining Wayne Dietz and Bob Nickleby as Royals coaches to earn the honor.
“It’s one of those things that if you hang around long enough, you get one,” Swansson said in an attempt to humbly downplay the accolade.
Woodbury head football coach Beau LaBore believes there is another reason Swansson demurs.
“He is trying to avoid paying for breakfast,” he joked.
On a serious note, LaBore said his colleague deserved the award, named for the longtime University of Minnesota assistant.
“It’s a nice recognition for him,” LaBore said. “For most of Swanny’s career he has been the eye in the sky in the press box. He watches what an opposing defense is doing and our offensive coordinator Burt Roberts figure out a way to mess with them.”
Swansson noted that as a 22-year-old just getting his start as an assistant coach, he went to a clinic hosted by Nash.
“It’s kind of neat how it all comes around to receiving an award that bears his name,” Swansson said. “It’s rewarding.”