Brett Swip has been involved in women’s softball at just about every level.
He was a co-founder of the Collinsville Extreme Baseball and Softball Club, has been a college assistant and head coach and runs his own training facility, Turn2Sports.
At its more recent meeting, the Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 board made him the eighth head softball coach in the program’s history.
“We will focus on the love of the game, development in the system, synergy with the junior high program and other grass root efforts needed to breathe life back in to Kahok softball,” Swip said.
Swip replaces Daniel Toberman, who since last season has become an assistant principal at Collinsville High School. In two seasons, Toberman’s Kahoks went 26-38.
Swip said he was glad athletic director Darin Lee and other school administration were interested in hearing both short- and long-term plans for the program.
“We have our work cut out for us in leading the future of CHS softball, but we have faith in what the system has developed in the past and what it can again in the future,” said Swip. “We are assembling a great staff and support to bring energy back into the program.”
We have our work cut out for us in leading the future of CHS softball, but we have faith in what the system has developed in the past and what it can again in the future.
Brett Swip, new Collinsville softball coach
Swip is a graduate of Collinsville High School. He most recently served as head coach at Webster University.
In his last season, Webster won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 15-1 record and advanced to its first NCAA Division III regional tournament for the first time in five years. Swip was named SLIAC Coach of the Year.
He also served as an assistant at Washington University and Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.
“Brett brings to CHS a great vision for Kahok softball,” said Lee. “Brett is a proven winner with much success at the collegiate level. He is a very detailed and organized person who has been a Kahok his whole life.”
He’ll pour his heart and soul into this program and community.
Pete Hoffmann, former Collinsville softball coach
The Kahoks finished 16-16 in 2014, but haven’t had a winning season since 2010, when they won a regional championship under Cindy Kolda.
Pete Hoffmann, who along with Kolda is the only former coach to lead the Kahoks to consecutive 20-win seasons, said Swip’s deep familiarity with the softball community throughout the Midwest will serve the program well.
Swip was a volunteer assistant for Hoffman in the early 2000s.
“He is a proven winner and has so many supporters within the softball and baseball community,” Hoffmann said. “He’ll pour his heart and soul into this program and community.”