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Signing to be held June 4 for book about Harley “Skeeter” Swift

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A book signing will take place Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Tennessee State University’s Brooks Gym for Skeeter: Harley Swift’s Buzzer-Beating, Trash-Talking March Through Madness, by Johnson City Press sportswriter Trey Williams.
The book covers the life and times of Harley “Skeeter” Swift, a basketball legend in Northern Virginia and East Tennessee State University who played for five ABA teams in five years in the legendary league.
Skeeter played on the 1968 East Tennessee State University team that beat Hugh Durham’s Dave Cowens-led Florida State team to get to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
He was 1968 OVC Player of the Year and scored a record 41 points at Western Kentucky. Swift scored 20 points in ETSU’s 1969 win at No. 9 Duke.
He played quarterback and drop-kicked a game-winning field goal in high school at George Washington in Alexandria, Va, just across the bridge from Washington, D.C., where he used to play street ball, trash talking along the way.
Swift made an 85-footer in high school and a 60-footer at ETSU, as well as numerous other buzzer-beaters.
Skeeter married five times and coached at six places in seven years, including going 61-1 at Oak Hill Academy and flaming out in 11 months as Jerry Falwell’s head coach at Liberty University.
He made Elizabethon High School players run in their jock straps as punishment for missing free throws. Swift cheated his way through school and four marriages (the fifth time appears to have been the charm … 17 years and counting).
Both Swift and Williams will be at the book signing on Saturday.
The book is available at skeeterswift.com. For more information, contact Williams at [email protected]