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Coaches & Directors

The Duneland Swim Club coaching staff, collectively, has over 75 years of experience coaching swimmers from the very beginners, all the way to Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Our coaching staff is here to provide guidance, instruction, training and motivation to those swimmers, willing to put in the hard work and dedication it takes to become a successful swimmer. The Duneland Swim Club training program has proven results and our coaches, through years of experience, have the knowledge and skills to continue to guide the Duneland program to the highest level of achievements. All Duneland Coaching Staff members are CPR and Water Safety Certified, have passed a nationally recognized Background Screening and received Safe Sport Training, provided by USA Swimming.

 

Coaching Staff

Jim Voss

HEAD AGE GROUP COACH

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Jim Voss has served as Head Coach for the Duneland Swim Club since 1987.  Prior to joining DUNE, Jim was on the staff of the Michigan City Pirahna Swim Club from 1980-1987.  Coach Jim has been Coach of the Year three times, in 2006, 2016, and 2017.  He has had numerous club swimmers go on to compete at the US Olympic trials, including Jenni Anderson 2000, Kyle Whitaker 2008 and 2012, Bill Bass 2012, Albert Miller 2012, Aaron Whitaker 2012, Vanessa Krause 2016, and Blake Pieroni 2016.  Blake Pieroni also made the Olympic team and went on to win Gold in the 2016 4 X 100 Free relay.  Coach Jim's Duneland Swim Club has numerous top 10 finishes at the state championships and has finished as high as 2nd place in 2019.  The Duneland Swim Club has placed many swimmers in the Zone and Mid-States meets under his guidance. Coach Jim has been a Catch the Spirit Camp coach, and has also spoken at the 2010 ASCA World Clinic in Indianapolis.   For 32 years he has led and continues to lead the Duneland Swim Club to great success while always reinforcing the fun in swimming.

Mathew M Pavlovich

Senior Head Coach

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Mat Pavlovich comes to the Duneland Swim Club having head coaching experience at Fountain Central, Merrillville and Munster.  He started competitive swimming at the age of 6, and swam through his senior year of college at Ball State University. 

He is a certified coach through USA/Indiana Swimming, the American Swimming Coaches Association, and the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.

Mat’s high school teams have been very successful.  At the end of season championship meets, they have won 20 conference team titles, 18 sectional team titles, and were state runner-up twice.  His relay teams have won state twice and finished second two times as well.  His teams have finished in either the top 10 or top 5 at the state meet 9 times.  Individually, he has coached 5 state champions and 4 runner-up swimmers.  Traditionally, helping to guide relay teams/swimmers to first place finishes/state cuts at the sectional and into the top 16, top 8, and top 4 at the state meet sometimes also receiving records/All-American status.

He was named Boys State Coach of the Year in 2019, and Sectional Coach of the Year five times.  Ball State awarded him the Alumnus COTY in 2010/2011, the Post-Tribune in 2015 and the NCC conference COTY numerous times.

Mat is married to his wife Elaine and together they raise their daughter Lucy.  The family has a Boston Terrier named Razor. 

Christy Kallay

Lead Assistant Coach

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Christy Kallay joined the Duneland Swim Club as Assistant Coach in 2011.  She majored in Psychology and minored in Business at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She has worked for the Duneland School Corporation for five years at Jackson Elementary as an Instructional Aide for Kindergarten and First grade.  She is in her sixth year helping children build their confidence and earn a better education.  

Christy started her swimming career at age 11 with the Sullair Pirahnas in 1981 where she swam under Coach Jim Voss. “Funny how life can come full circle,” she said.   She also swam all through high school at Elston in Michigan City. “Swimming was one of the best choices I ever made.  I made friends that lasted a lifetime.  There is a special bond between swimmers; they become your family.  It also maintained discipline in my life when I needed it most.  I am so glad to be involved again in a sport I loved so much.  I have two jobs where I get to help children better themselves and have fun.  What could be better?” 

Coach Christy lives in Chesterton with her husband, Bob and two children, Lauryn and Bobby, who also swim with the Duneland Swim Club.  “I have watched my children swim under an amazing and inspiring coach and have learned so much.  I only hope to help give to other children what my own children have been so fortunate to experience.”

Mindi Billings

Assistant Coach

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Mindi Billings has joined the Duneland Swim Club as an Assistant Coach. Mindi began swimming for the Duneland Swim Club in 1986. She swam for Coach Jim until graduating in 1998. She then attended Butler University and graduated in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in psychology and chemistry.

Mindi has past experience as the head coach for the Lake Central Girls Varsity Swim team. She lead the 2005 team to a 9th place state finish. She has also worked as a Red Cross lifeguard and Water Safety Swim Instructor for many years. She has given private swim instruction for the past 16 years.

Mindi has been married to her husband, Mike (also a former Duneland swimmer), for 10 years and they have 3 girls: Madelin, Molly, and Mallory. Madelin and Molly are proud members of the Duneland Swim Club.

Christine Kostbade

Assistant Coach

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Chris  Kostbade has joined the Duneland Swim Club as an Assistant Coach.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Valparaiso University and her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and German from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.  Chris also spent a year abroad in Austria studying clinical psychology. 

Chris began her swimming career at the age of seven and swam with the Hobart Tiger Sharks, the Southlake YMCA and Hobart High School.  As a member of the SLY team, Chris qualified and swam several events and relays at Zones and Jr. Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Chris went on to swim for the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire from 1985 -1988.  While there,  she was a Four-time All American, a Member of the NAIA Women’s National Championship Team (1st place 1987, 1988),  Member of four WWIA Conference Championship Teams (1985-1988), WWIAC Champion in the 800 Freestyle Relay (Setting both WWIAC and School Records 1987), Team Captain (1987, 1988), and a NAIA Academic All –American 1987, 1988).   During her year abroad, Chris swam with a swim club in Austria for a brief time.  In 1997, Chris was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Blugold Hall of Fame for her Achievements. 

Chris has past experience as Head Coach and Asst. Coach for summer age group teams and as a Red Cross swim instructor and lifeguard.  She is certified in CPR, and First Aid.

After college she began working in the field of mental health care with a focus in program development and administration and has a passion for working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings. She also works for Hilltop Neighborhood House part time as the Marketing and Development Coordinator.

Chris and her husband, Gary, have three boys (Gary and Colin are proud members of the Duneland Swim Club.)

Board of Directors

Jim Voss

President

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Kevin Michael Kinel

Vice President

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Christy Kallay

Treasurer

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Mindi Billings

Secretary

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