Updated: March 11, 2013 6:11AM
Chicago Christian Athletic Director Eric Brauer has been recognized as AD of the year for IHSA Division 3. Brauer was first recognized as one of 21 District AD’s and has now advanced to be part of a group of seven finalists who will go to Springfield. Over the summer, one of these seven will be recognized as State AD of the Year for High School Class 1A and 2A.
During Brauer’s five years at CCHS, 11 of the 17 sports have either set school records for wins or advanced further in the IHSA playoffs than ever before in Chicago Christian history. In the last four years,under his leadership, Chicago Christian has sent four teams to the IHSA state finals.
“We are particularly grateful for the high academic standards Mr. Brauer has set for our student-athletes,” Principal Robert Payne said. “These standards have helped CCHS place 68 graduates over the last four years into collegiate athletics, and improved the entire program.”
Chicago Christian girls track coach Jim Kwasteniet was named as a 2013 inductee to the Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Kwasteniet will be honored for his 31-year career coaching track at Chicago Christian. In those 31 years, he has won three state championships and three sectional championships.
In addition, he coached 13 individual state champions, including three state record holders. In 26 of his 31 years, at least one student athlete has qualified for the IHSA state finals, for a total of 300 individual qualifiers.
“As a school, we are grateful for the years that Jim has put into developing student athletes,” Payne said. “In addition to the talents which he has nurtured, Jim has built relationships that will be a benefit to these studens for the rest of their lives.”
Coach Kwasteniet is a four-time IHSA Coach of the Year and, in 2012, he was inducted into the CCHS Wall of Honor. He is a CCHS alumni who has spent his career giving back to the students of his alma mater.
“The best part of the last 31 years is working with outstanding women who dedicated themselves to excellence, and having fun while doing it,” Kwasteniet said, smiling. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”
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