Assistant Coaches

Hamm

Brian Hamm has been an assistant coach for three seasons with the Lord Jeffs. Before arriving at Amherst, Hamm had been the assistant coach at NESCAC rival Middlebury College for three seasons. A 2002 graduate of Middlebury, Hamm was a two-sport captain in baseball and soccer, earning all-conference honors and all-region honors for two consecutive years in soccer. Hamm played semi-professionally for the Downton Football Club in Downton, England before coaching at Middlebury and serving as Director of Goalkeeping for the Vermont Olympic Development Program. Last summer, Hamm coached with the North Adams SteepleCats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. This summer he returns to his coaching duties as an Envoy Coach with Major League Baseball International (MLBI) where he will work with national team players and professional teams in the Netherlands. Hamm's previous stints with MLBI were in England and Germany.  During his time at Amherst, Hamm has helped lead the men's soccer program as an assistant coach. Hamm holds a Master's Degree in Sport Management at UMass Amherst.

 

Swiney

Kelly Swiney enters his second season with the Lord Jeffs after bringing six years of coaching experience at the collegiate level to Amherst last season. A native of Stow, Ohio, Swiney majored in managerial economics at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he played baseball and received second-team All-NCAC honors for batting .368 with seven home runs, 17 doubles and 41 runs batted in during his senior campaign in 1999. He helped his team earn two NCAC Championships and three NCAA tournament appearances. After acting as an assistant coach at Kings College in 2001, Swiney assisted at Thiel College from 2002-04, leading the 2003 squad to the program’s first PAC Championship in 21 years after breaking the school record for wins in a season. Swiney remained in Pennsylvania to act as an assistant at Washington & Jefferson College from 2005-06, leading his team to an overall 66-28 (.702) record, including a school-record 34 wins in ’06. As the hitting coach, he raised the team’s batting average from .256 in ’04 to .328 in ’06, leading the team to its first national ranking in program history. Swiney is working toward a master’s degree in sports management at Ball State University.

 

Graber

Kevin Graber returns to the Lord Jeff staff with a wealth of experience as both a player and coach. After twice earning first-team all-conference honors and captaining the College of Saint Rose to consecutive league titles, Graber carved out a pro playing career that included stops in Australia, Arizona, Minnesota and Upstate New York. In his best season, Graber batted .311 for the Minnesota Stars (Prairie League) and later managed the team to a 48-24 record, earning league Manager of the Year honors. Graber then managed the Adirondack Lumberjacks (Northern League) before moving onto a career in collegiate athletics administration. Along the way, Graber has coached in various capacities at Lassen College (Susanville, CA), McLintock High School (Mesa, AZ), Riverland C.C. (Austin, MN), the Electric City Giants (Mountains Collegiate Baseball League), the Scotia Sox (Scotia, NY), the Schenectady Mohawks (New York Collegiate Baseball League) and the Pine Rivers Rapids (Queensland, Australia). Last summer, Graber coached Amherst Mickey Mantle (15-16 year olds) to a Massachusetts State Championship, and he recently signed to manage the Saratoga Phillies of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.