Jeff Hamstra and
Tommy Berrywill replace outgoing CHS Athletic director Garry Nallenwegand
and Assistant Director Jim Goetz.
Nallenweg and Goetz
recently announced their plans to retire effective June 30. At last night’s
Duneland School Board meeting, Chesterton High School Principal Brent
Martinson introduced their replacements who will take over July 1.
“We have been so
fortunate to have the leadership of Gary Nallenweg and Jim Goetz. We have
some big shoes to fill. Tonight, I’m proud to announce we have found
exceptional replacements,” Martinson began. “We can say we’re hiring
athletic directors, but that wasn’t the goal. Our goal was to hire leaders.
I believe we have found that in these two gentlemen,” he said.
Hamstra comes with a wealth of knowledge to replace Nallenweg as athletic
director. Hamstra previously worked as an athletic director, assistant
athletic director, and assistant principal at Covenant Christian School in
Demotte, Munster High School, and Kankakee Valley High School. For the last
three years, Hamstra has been the assistant athletic director at Warsaw
Community High School. He’s married and has four children.
Hamstra said he
knows he has big shoes to fill, but he’s excited to start and thankful for
the opportunity. “We’re extremely honored and extremely humbled to be
offered this position at a fantastic school corporation with a fantastic
high school program,” he said.
Berry is being
promoted from within Duneland, where he has taught math and coached various
sports at CHS for 14 years, 10 of which he was the math department chair.
Martinson said Berry was a head coach at Logansport schools before coming to
CHS in 2006. “Our place was changed when he came in. He’s done incredible
things for our students,” Martinson said. Berry is married and has two
Berry thanked the
board and said he looks forward to working with Hamstra. He noted Duneland
has fantastic student athletes and thanked the community for its support
along the way.
CHS Athletics had
55 IHSAA team and individual state champions, eight IHSAA Mental Attitude
winners and 12 DAC All-Sport Trophies under Goetz and Nallenweg, according
to a Duneland Schools release.
“Jeff and Tommy
will make a great team,” Nallenweg said. “They are both committed to
continuing the excellent tradition that has been established at Chesterton
High School. Both are proven leaders. CHS Athletics is in good hands.”
Chip Pettit took a moment at the end of the meeting to welcome Hamstra and
Berry to their new positions and thank the team that hired them. “The
prospect of the entire athletic office turning over is especially daunting,”
he said, “so I also want to thank Jim, Gary and Vicki for their willingness
to help Jeff and Tommy make a smooth transition.”
The School Board
made the following additional personnel moves last night:
Williams and Alexi Vander Vinne were appointed custodians for DSC.
-Russ Hardsock and
Olivia Miles were appointed to Soccer Club at Yost Elementary.
-Tana Bamber was
appointed to Running Club at Jackson Elementary.
and Tegan Powers were appointed to American Sign Language at CMS.
was appointed to Key Club at CHS.
-Gretchen Shinn was
appointed assistant girls tennis coach at CHS.