Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club recently presented Coach Steve Kearney with
Rotary's highest honor, the Paul Harris Fellowship.
from Chesterton High School in 1966 and received his undergraduate degree
from Ball State University in 1970. He went on to complete his graduate
degree in education through Purdue University Calumet.
The year Steve
graduated from Ball State he started working with the Duneland Schools. He
has been with the system for the last 44 years in the Math Department, and
retired this year.
In 1970 when the
running craze was sweeping the nation Kearney had already been a fixture in
the running community in Indiana for years. He has long been a coach with
the Calumet Region Junior Striders running program, which he helped to form,
nurture and grow into one of Northwest Indiana's premier running clubs.
Kearney has coached
a total of 45 years at Chesterton in both track and cross country.
In Boys Cross
Country his teams achieved one Regional title, one Semi State title, two
team state finalists, and two all state runners. In Girls Cross Country his
team was a State runner up, he had six state team finalists, seven all state
runners. He had seven teams in the top ten in the state in 1987 and
In Girls Track
Kearney's teams had 11 sectional titles, three regional titles, Top 10 in
the state five years in a row from 2002-2006, he was a six time nominee for
Coach of the Year and had 17 all state runners. In the 4 X 800 he had nine
state qualifiers, five top nine finishes, three state championships, three
state records and one state runner up.
In 2015 Coach
Kearney is being inducted into the Indiana Association of Track and Cross
Country Coaches Hall of Fame.
Join Rotarians for
a weekly meeting on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. at the Westchester Public Library
Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
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