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Shwam named new manager of Aces

Dan Shwam, the former manager of the Laredo Broncos, is the new manager of the CBL’s Alexandria Aces.Dan Shwam, the former manager of the Laredo Broncos, is the new manager of the Alexandria Aces (independent; Alexandria Aces).

Shwam comes to the Aces after spending two of the past three years as the manager of the Laredo Broncos in 2006 and 2008. Last season his club finished with a 39-48 record and fifth place in the United League. In 2007 Shwam managed the Grays of the Can-Am League and set a record for the most wins in a single season by a traveling team.

Shwam was previously named manager of the Alexandria Aces prior to Ricky VanAsselberg taking over the field leadership role right before the 2006 season. Shwam signed many of the Aces’ players that formed the nucleus of the back-to-back United League champions in 2006 and 2007.

“Dan brings a wealth of not only successful baseball managing experience, but also a strong track record of success for finding quality players to the Aces organization,” said Andrew Aguilar, General Manger.

Shwam began his coaching career in 1987 as hitting coach with the Salt Lake City Trappers (rookie; Pioneer League). In his five years with the club, the Trappers won two league championships. He began his managing career in 1993, the first year for the independent baseball leagues, with the Thunder Bay Whiskey Jacks (indepedent; Northern League).

Currently Shwam ranks third all time in independent baseball history with 649 wins, trailing Doug Simunic (865) and Ed Nottle (657). In all, Shwam’s teams have made the playoffs 10 times, while winning four league championships, Mohawk Valley, Newburgh, Elmira, and Jackson. The CBL will be his sixth league stop: Northern, Northeast, Can-Am, Central, United and Continental.