Posted by Frank Gagnier
Jaycee, Coach and Rhyan
Jude Swearingen will speak about his first year head football coach at Fernandina Beach High School. Coach Swearingen has been a teacher and coach for the past 17 years at FBHS.
He was promoted to his new position prior to last years spring football season and took over a program he had assisted with during those 17 years. Coach Swearingen has also been the head weightlifting coach at FBHS since 2011 and was the head JV baseball coach from 2001-2010.
An alumnus of the 1995 graduating class of FBHS, he lettered in football and baseball earning a dual scholarship for both sports at Westmar University in LeMars, Iowa.
Coach then transferred to Huron University in Huron, South Dakota where he continued playing baseball. With honors, he graduated with a Health and Physical Education degree. It was during this time, he meet his eventual wife Kelly. He and Kelly moved back home here in the summer of 2001 where he was hired by FBHS.
Jude and Kelly married soon after and now have two beautiful girls Jaycee (9) and Rhyan (6) that attend both elementary schools on the island. Coach Jude Swearingen is the son of the late James Swearingen and Diane Hardee, born and raised in Yulee where he now resides with his family.