Former Tech player Mario West named director of player personnel
Scenes from Tech's practice and visit to Shanghai Disney on Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Yellow Jackets drove to the Dragon Sports Centre to conduct their first full practice in China, Sunday afternoon.
Monday saw the Yellow Jackets visit the campus of Alibaba, the largest e-commerce company in China.
An eight-year veteran of NCAA Division I men's basketball, Julian Swartz joined Georgia Tech's men's basketball staff as director of operations in May, 2016, after four years with head coach Josh Pastner at Memphis, where he served stints as assistant director of operations, director of player development and interim assistant coach.
Swartz received a new title in August of 2017, director of recruiting and compliance, which better reflects his duties on the staff, which includes serving as the staff liaison with compliance, coordinating on-campus recruiting operations and summer camps. Currently he is also serving as an interim assistant coach.
During his time at Memphis, the Tigers compiled a 92-44 overall record while transitioning to the American Athletic Conference from Conference USA.
Prior to Memphis, Swartz spent three years as a graduate assistant at Marquette (2005-08) with head coach Tom Crean and one as an intern at Indiana (2008). Among his duties at Marquette were assisting in the areas of video, scouting reports, statistics, student-athletes' academic progress, on-campus recruiting visits and coordinating summer camps. He also assisted in player development, working with All-Big East honorees Lazar Hayward, Dominic James, Wesley Matthews, Jerel McNeal and Steve Novak. Novak, Matthews, McNeal, and Hayward have all played in the NBA. In those three seasons, the Golden Eagles posted a 69-31 overall record and a 31-19 Big East Conference mark and earned three NCAA Tournament berths.
From 2009-12, he served as a counselor in the West Allis/West Milwaukee school district, counseling kids and teaching character education, while also serving as an assistant coach for the Waukesha South High School varsity hoops squad (2003-05, 2009-11) along with coaching youth basketball (2009-12).
A native of Waukesha, Wis., Swartz graduated from Carroll College in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He earned his master's degree in school counseling in 2008 from Marquette, which made him the recipient of the 2016 Marquette University Alumni Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Achievement Award.
A successful high school player, Swartz scored 2,123 points in his career, was a first-team all-state selection three times and was named the 1999 Associated Press Wisconsin High School Player of the Year along with being named academic all-state. He began his collegiate playing career at the University of Wisconsin in 1999-2000 and was a member of the Badgers squad that advanced to the 2000 NCAA Final Four.