STEVE HANLON: H.C.'s Bachinski hits the ground running

2013-07-26T19:00:00Z 2013-09-16T18:39:20Z STEVE HANLON: H.C.'s Bachinski hits the ground runningSteve Hanlon Prep Beat
July 26, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

In 10 days, Hanover Central will conduct its first official high school football practice. The buzz around the Cedar Lake community is causing bubbles to fly out of the blue-green water.

It's either excitement or Anthony Weiner's political career sinking to the bottom of the lake, settling next to the 1932 International Harvester tractor in the wet sand.

There was probably some nervousness when Jeff Brooks resigned as the Wildcats' athletic director recently. Throw football in with the move to the Greater South Shore Conference and some knuckles might've turned white.

But this week, Hanover hired Kevin Bachinski to replace Brooks and his resume says he's ready for the job.

In 1994, he was the quarterback on Kirk Kennedy's Lowell Red Devils' football team that upset Hobart and advanced to the Class 4A semistate. He was a flame-throwing pitcher for Lowell, too.

Upon graduation in 1996, he played baseball at Tri-State University.

Bachinski taught at Highland and was an assistant under Danny Miller for the Trojans' baseball team. This, too, is another bright spot on the resume.

Learning leadership under Kennedy and Miller is about as good as anyone can get.

Bachinski has spent the last three years as an assistant principal in the Hanover district so he knows the ropes and the best place to get pizza in town.

"I was interested when (Brooks) resigned and my athletic background was the primary reason," Bachinski said. "It's been real hectic. It's been real busy and it's going to be real busy for quite awhile."

So how was your summer vacation? Did you go to Florida and stay in an outhouse with a hotel sign outside? Did you do everything you wanted? Did you get some fudge from another time zone?

The 2013-14 high school season begins on Aug. 5. That's 10 days. Bachinski hasn't had time to buy suntan lotion let alone put it on.

He oversaw bleachers being installed on Friday. Other athletic facilities were being checked for the fast-approaching seasons. Sweat and time management have slow-danced in his first week on the gig.

"I have to make sure all the fall sports are ready to go on Aug. 5," he said.

Ready. Set. Hike.

"Football is huge," Bachinski said. "The school and the town are ready for it. Coming from a school that had good success with football I know it can bring a lot of excitement."

But don't think this was a football only hire. Hanover has had a lot of success in the past decade, winning a softball state championship and having a baseball team get to the big dance, too.

Moving into a new conference and class (3A) has Bachinski ready to lead all of the Wildcats.

"I want us to compete for conference and sectional championships every year in every sport," Bachinski said. "I want all of our teams to compete for championships and I want us to do it the right way."

The bar was high and now it seems higher.

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