After 33 years, it’s hard to believe Kevin Kinel saw something new. But, he
Kinel was named the National High School Boys Swimming Coach of the Year for
the 2012-2013 school year by the National High School Coaches Association.
“It’s hard to put into words,” Kinel said of the honor. “It’s kind of the
ultimate honor to be recognized nationally. There are so many great coaches
out there. It’s very humbling.”
The NHSCA is a 501c3 non-profit service organization founded in 1989 to
provide leadership and support for the nation’s 1,000,000 high school
coaches who spend every day on the front lines molding today’s youth into
tomorrow’s productive citizens.
The NHSCA selects National Coaches and Senior Athletes of the Year in 20
boys and girls sports.
“This wasn’t on the radar at all,” Kinel said. “Looking back through all the
years with all the great kids, parents and administrators I’ve had to work
with, I’ve surrounded myself with good people over the years.
“The staff and kids deserve this just as much as I do.”
Kinel was a finalist for the award in 2009 after the Trojan Boys team won
its second consecutive state title.
“I’d like to believe that the goal every year is to make the team as good as
we can and the other stuff takes care of itself,” Kinel said. “We try to win
state championships and get kids to the Olympic trials.”
“The CHS Athletic Department congratulates Coach Kinel on this award and is
happy that the national organization realizes what he’s done with our
program,” CHS Athletic Director Garry Nallenweg said. “It’s just another
example of the great coaches that we have at Chesterton High School.”
Kinel continually emphasized the fact that he didn’t do it alone, in classic
“At this stage, I’m just trying to do the best I can,” Kinel said. “I’ve
been fortunate to have a good feeder system behind us, my assistants and all
the great athletes we’ve had over the years. The administration lets me do
my thing. It’s been a group effort.”
“He’s worked very hard with the feeder program all the way up through the
high school program,” Nallenweg said. “He’s had great assistants and kids.”
The accolades may not be done for Kinel and the Trojans.
“Swimmers World mythical national championship is something we’ve talked
about,” Kinel said. “They take all the state finals across the country and
put it into a meet. They score it out and see who comes out on top.
“In ‘09 we were second to a team from California by two pts. They also have
a public and private school title as well. We’ve got an outside chance.”