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