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Pavlovich tabbed to lead CHS Swim programs

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He just had to.

Former Munster High School swim coach Matt Pavlovich was named head boys and girls swim coach at Chesterton High School during Monday night’s School Board Meeting.

“It’s Chesterton. This job hasn’t been open since 1980,” Pavlovich said. “If it ever opens up, I have to look into it.”

Pavlovich spent the last 11 years as head coach for the Mustangs with the final eight as boys and girls head coach.

“The impressive thing about Chesterton is that they were able to do it on both sides (boys and girls),” Pavlovich said. “It’s the right fit for me right now. I’m very excited to be a part of the community.”

Pavlovich, a Merrillville grad, helped lead the boys program to a state-best record of 34 straight Sectional titles. The girls won six Sectionals in his eight years with them.

The Mustangs had five individual event state champions and four runners-up during his tenure, along with two relay champs and one runner-up.

“I was very impressed with the administration through the interview process,” Pavlovich said. “It was very thorough. I really liked the people and the professionalism that they have here.”

Pavlovich, who will be a PE teacher at the high school, was drawn to Trojan program in part because of its connection to the Duneland Swim Club.

“Interested because of the ability to be head coach of the older kids year-round,” Pavlovich said. “That’s something I’m really excited about, especially with the people they have in place in the Duneland Swim Club. The program (at CHS) and philosophy is conducive to high school swimming and to the Club.

“That was a huge draw.”

Pavlovich knows of former coach Kevin Kinel’s long run as head coach and isn’t afraid to make one himself.

“The support has always been there when we’ve come over for meets,” Pavlovich said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of everything that Chesterton has to offer.”

Pavlovich is married to his wife Elaine and they have a 2 1/2 year old daughter, Lucy.

“It’s the best thing for my family,” Pavlovich said. “My wife works in Valpo and our daycare is in Portage.”


Posted 8/8/2019




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