Chet started his swimming career right here at the YMCA of Saginaw in 1973 at age 5. He continued swimming for the Sharks for 13 years. Chet swam for Arthur Hill High School 4 years, finishing 6th in the state in the 500 freestyle his senior year. He was the school record holder in both the 500 and 1000 freestyle. In 1986 Chet went on to swim at Oakland University, 4 year letter winner, 1650 GLIAC champion in 1990.
Chet started coaching in 1989: 2 years with OLY (8 and under coach), in 1991 Chet returned to the Saginaw area to coach the Saginaw YMCA Sharks. During this time he coached Arthur Hill High School Boys for 11 years, as well as Nouvel Catholic Central Girls for 3 years. The Sharks swim team only had an average of 60 kids and now has over 150. The Sharks continually finish in the top 5 in the state and top 10 in the Great Lakes Zones. The team has been as high as 30 in the nation. The team has had National Qualifiers while Chet has been coach. He has also had 2 Olympic Trial Qualifiers from the Saginaw Sharks.