Wheeler officially has named Dan Klimczak
as its football coach.
The Union Township school board approved his
hire on Wednesday night.The Post-Tribune last week reported Klimczak
would succeed Phil Mason.
..."Being a head coach has been a dream of mine since I was a young boy," said Klimczak, one of several members of his family to star at South Central and the grandson of a former LaPorte coach.
"Wheeler is a program that is growing.They're really starting to build a strong tradition.It's really appealing as a young coach.My family and I are elated." Klimczak
spent six seasons as a coach at Valparaiso
, most recently as the junior varsity head coach, varsity defensive line coach and assistant strength coach.The St. Joseph's College graduate also spent one season as an assistant at Knox
, who turns 30 in August, will teach social studies and U.S. government at Wheeler.He
still resides in Union Mills.
"Any time you're able to work under a coach like (Valparaiso) Coach (Mark) Hoffman, it's really a benefit," Klimczak
"Being a graduate of South Central, I prefer a small-school atmosphere." Klimczak
has met with several players informally, and has a meeting scheduled for tonight with the players and their parents.
"I try to build strong relationships with everyone involved - players, their families, the coaches, the administration," he
"I'm a people person.
"You're always looking for ways to improve," Klimczak