Nallenweg named Indiana High School Athletic Administrator of the Year - 4/20

Garry Nallenweg

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Long-time Chesterton High School Athletic Director Garry Nallenweg was recently honored as the Indiana High School Athletic Administrator of the Year for 2019-2020 by the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA).

“I’m honored to receive the award,” Nallenweg said. “When you’re honored by your peers, that do the same job you do every day, it makes it extra special.”

Nallenweg, in his 20th year as AD at CHS, has held a number of jobs within the Duneland School Corporation beginning as a social studies teacher before moving into administration as an Asst. Principal.

In 2000, Nallenweg made the transition to Athletic Director as CHS moved into its new building.

“I’ve been employed in Duneland since 1984 and being a teacher in the classroom was the most important and enjoyable job I’ve ever had,” Nallenweg said. “I wanted to be a part of the direction things were going and got into administration. When I had a chance to get into athletics, I jumped on it.”

Nallenweg was no stranger to the athletic fields after serving as a coach in basketball, cross country and track for 17 years.

Under his tutelage as AD, the Trojans have won nine IHSAA Team State Championships, 78 individual or relay state titles, 75 boys Sectional/Regional championships, 87 girls Sectional/Regional championships, eight IHSAA Mental Attitude Awards, eight girls DAC All-Sports trophies and five boys DAC All-Sports trophies, 60 DAC girls conference titles and 49 DAC boys conference titles.

“This is a Chesterton High School Athletic Department award,” Nallenweg said.

“We all should celebrate a great team effort.”

Nallenweg, who will be retiring at the end of the current school year, has been married to his wife Mary for 35 years and has three grown children (Bryan, Adam and Kirstyn), along with two grandchildren (Tanner and Genevieve).

“I thoroughly enjoy going to work every day,” Nallenweg said. “I love the people I work with, the student-athletes and everyone involved. Public education has been a life-long dream of mine. It’s a calling, not a job.”

Article by TR Harlan-Chesterton Tribune