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Coach Of The Year

Illinois Lutheran baseball coach Mark Kjenstad

Illinois Lutheran baseball coach Mark Kjenstad

The Times Illinois baseball coach of the year Mark Kjenstad talks with sports writer Mike Nieto.

June 28, 2014 6:00 pm
Mark Kjenstad and Sam Geraci

Mark Kjenstad and Sam Geraci

Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach and Times Coach of the Year Mark Kjenstad, left, stands at Veterans Memorial Park with Sam Geraci, Times Baseball Player of the Year.

June 23, 2014 6:01 pm
Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad with family

Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad with family

Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad with his wife Jessica and daughter Reah, 1, and son Ryen, 6, in his arms. The Kjenstads flew to the Philippines the day after the Chargers won the Class 1A state baseball title to adopt Reah. Several years earlier, they adopted Ryen.

June 23, 2014 6:01 pm
Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad, The Times Coach of the Year

Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad, The Times Coach of the Year

Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad is The Times Coach of the Year. He led the Chargers to a Class 1A state baseball title.

June 23, 2014 5:57 pm
Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad, The Times Coach of the Year

Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad, The Times Coach of the Year

Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad Park is the Times Coach of the Year. He started the program 17 years ago and the then-Cavaliers were 0-9.

June 23, 2014 5:57 pm
Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad mug

Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad mug

Illinois Lutheran's baseball coach Mark Kjenstad

June 23, 2014 5:57 pm
Times Indiana girls basketball coach of the year: Rod Fisher, West Side

Times Indiana girls basketball coach of the year: Rod Fisher, West Side

GARY | West Side's Rod Fisher said that there have been years in his 37 seasons when he's had to work harder as a coach than he did this year.

March 20, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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2014 Times illinois Girls Basketball Coach of the Year is T.F. South's Steve Breshock

2014 Times illinois Girls Basketball Coach of the Year is T.F. South's Steve Breshock

T.F. South's Steve Breshock is The Times Coach of the year. Breshock is surrounded by the Rebels, who won 20 games this season.

March 13, 2014 5:30 pm
Jeff Sherman, Lake Central

Jeff Sherman, Lake Central

Jeff Sherman has made Lake Central into one of the state's top softball programs at a school where girls sports have always been very good. But a Civil Rights grievance was filed because, in part, L.C. has a freshman baseball team and does not offer freshman softball.

January 15, 2014 8:33 pm
Top swim coach believes success is all about the love

Top swim coach believes success is all about the love

Nick Castillo is a firm believer that to be a successful swim coach, you have to love the sport, love coaching, love kids and love to help others - plain and simple.

March 06, 2013 12:00 am
Hebron's Steinhilber is Times Coach of the Year

Hebron's Steinhilber is Times Coach of the Year

John Steinhilber, Hebron High School boys basketball coach, stands in front of the trophy case at Hebron that holds the Class 2A Winamac Sectional Trophy, the PCC Keg and the Golden Globe trophy for the PCC tournament.

March 29, 2012 5:10 pm
Hebron's Steinhilber is Times Coach of the Year

Hebron's Steinhilber is Times Coach of the Year

John Steinhilber, Hebron High School boys basketball coach, led his team to a 23-2 record and the Class 2A Winamac Sectional Championship this season and earned the title of The Times Coach of the Year.

March 29, 2012 5:10 pm
Hebron's Steinhilber is Times Coach of the Year

Hebron's Steinhilber is Times Coach of the Year

John Steinhilber, Hebron High School boys basketball coach, led his team to a 23-2 record and the Class 2A Winamac Sectional Championship this season and earned the title of The Times Coach of the Year.

March 29, 2012 5:10 pm
Illinois Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

Illinois Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

Thornwood boys basketball coach Paul Slavich ;ed the Thunderbirds to the SouthWest Suburban Red Conference title -- the program's first since 2002.

March 26, 2012 4:10 pm
Illinois Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

Illinois Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

Thornwood boys basketball coach Paul Slavich got the program back on the basketball map after a few years of struggling. Thornwood won 19 games and the SouthWest Suburban Red title.

March 26, 2012 4:05 pm
Illinois Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

Illinois Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

Paul Slavich led Thornwood to its first conference title since 2002 and brought winning ways back to the South Holland school.

March 26, 2012 4:05 pm
Times girls basketball coach of the year: Eric Kundich

Times girls basketball coach of the year: Eric Kundich

EAST CHICAGO | When Eric Kundich played basketball for Andrean, it was his job in practice every day to guard now-59ers coach Carson Cunningham and find a way to stop him.

March 02, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Wheeler's Dan Klimczak, 2011 Times Coach of the Year

Wheeler's Dan Klimczak, 2011 Times Coach of the Year

Wheeler coach Dan Klimczak guided the Bearcats to the Class 2A Sectional 25 title and a 12-1 record this season. Wheeler has gone 35-0 in the five years of the Greater South Shore Conference.

November 30, 2011 3:00 pm
Wheeler's Dan Klimczak, 2011 Times Coach of the Year

Wheeler's Dan Klimczak, 2011 Times Coach of the Year

Coach Dan Klimczak stands over the football field at Wheeler High School, where the Bearcats have been highly successful during his six-year tenure. Wheeler (12-1) won its second Class 2A sectional title this season and extended its string of victories in the Greater South Shore Conference to 35.

November 30, 2011 3:00 pm
Wheeler's Dan Klimczak, Times 2011 Coach of the Year

Wheeler's Dan Klimczak, Times 2011 Coach of the Year

Coach Dan Klimczak led Wheeler to its second Class 2A sectional title this season. The Bearcats finished 12-1 and went undefeated in the Greater South Shore Conference for the fifth straight year. The South Central High School and St. Joseph's College product is 59-11 in six years at Wheeler.

November 30, 2011 2:55 pm
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