Swang Lee-Aphon
Swang Lee-Aphon
Title: Class of 2015
Organization: Men's Soccer and Men's Tennis

Swang Lee-Aphon, a civil engineering major, kept himself busy during his four years on Boynton Hill. Not only was he a standout on the men’s tennis and men’s soccer teams but he also found time to join the camera club and become a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

On the pitch, Lee-Aphon was considered one of the top defenders in the region and was named an NSCAA Honorable Mention All-America in 1960. The three-time letter-winner and 1961 captain also aided the offense with three career goals, including an overtime game-winner against Coast Guard in 1959.

"I remember Swang as a short and stocky fullback who was quick and fast,” comments former teammate Pete Borden. “He was very sure footed. No one on the other team ever got the ball by him. He would tackle the ball and make a perfect pass up to mid-field or beyond. It was no surprise to anyone on the team when he made All-America."

On the court, the Bankok native accumulated a 16-11 singles and 17-10 doubles record for the Crimson and Gray. His best season came as a senior in 1961 as he went 6-1 at both singles and doubles. Lee-Aphon never lost a singles or doubles match to UMass Lowell or American International in his entire career, as well as Assumption in his final two seasons.

Swang Lee-Aphon enjoyed tremendous success on both the soccer field and the tennis court for WPI,” notes current associate athletics director and sports information director Rusty Eggen.  “To be one of our first All-Americas in any sports speaks to his ability on the soccer field, and the fact that he won so many big matches on the tennis court is proof that was an outstanding single and doubles player for the Engineers.” 

Born in in Bangkok, Thailand. Swang was educated in a high-school or what the British called Secondary school in a town near Shrewsbury, England. After his graduation from WPI he moved to Monteray Park, California and worked as an Estimator for a steel fabrication company that built parts of Los Angeles airport.

He then moved back to Thailand with his wife and now owns a warehouse business in Bangkok, Thailand and is semi-retired. Swang has been a member of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club for many decades and had been playing soccer and tennis there for many years. He also took up golf in his 40s. Now Swang is still working out and enjoying a healthy lifestyle doing ballroom dancing. Definitely due to his dedication to sports in his younger days make him still fit and strong now. He grows hydroponic melon and green vegetables like kale is his garden. His family and friends enjoy his delicious and free fresh produce.