July 13, 2018
Matt Papachronis Returns to Southeastern Swim Club (www.southeasternswim.org )
Fishers, IN – Thursday, July 12, 2018
Southeastern Swim Club is proud to announce that Matt Papachronis will return to his coaching roots as a coach for its storied programs. Prior to assuming the head coaching position at Washington Township Swim Club and North Central High School in the fall of 2010, Coach Papachronis was the Head Age Group Coach and a HS/Senior Coach at Southeastern for almost ten years.
Over the course of a 20+ year coaching career, Coach Papachronis has helped develop National Age Group record setting relays, Indiana State Champions, Indiana State record holders, Mid-States Quad Champions, Zone Champions, and dozens of Top 10 National swimmers. During a remarkable 7-year run, Southeastern won an Age Group State Title and had 14 consecutive top-3 finishes; Coach Papachronis led those efforts, with nominations for AG Coach of the year 6 times and a win as Indiana Swimming's Coach of the Year in 2010. He has also served Indiana Swimming as Age Group Swimming Chairman, Quad Team Head Coach, Lead Coach of the Age Group Elite Camp, and Team Indiana Open Water Coach. He was awarded Indiana Swimming's Conoco Philips Coach of the Year— an award given to the coach who demonstrates dedication through volunteerism, overall performance and commitment to swimming in Indiana.
“When you look at the history of Indiana Swimming legends and consider that Matt helped develop 14u athletes with last names like Kinney, Kibler, Hayes, Mercer, Osborne, Paul, Retrum, Rossillo, and Jansen – well, you can imagine how ecstatic we are that he’s returning to coach at Southeastern,” said Andy Pedersen, Southeastern Head Coach. “Matt is not only a dear friend to Southeastern, he is also a recognized leader in both the Indiana and USA Swimming communities. Matt’s return to Southeastern dignifies our programs’ commitment, efforts, and sacrifices to develop not only competitive student-athletes at the highest levels, but confident future leaders with strong character.”
On his return at the Fishers-based club, Papachronis commented, “Having worked around Indiana and USA Swimming my entire career, Southeastern is one of the programs that does things the right way. It has been this way since the beginning. I am old enough to know generations of Southeastern swimmers who have accomplished extraordinary things in the pool and equally great things in their post-swimming academic, professional, community, and family commitments.” Matt further noted, “The Southeastern culture is truly unique. It’s not just the envy of programs throughout Indiana, but nationwide as well. I could not be happier – for me and my family – to be back. I am blessed and grateful to have this opportunity and I look forward to working to take the Southeastern tradition of excellence to an even higher level.”
Several people close to the program were excited by this news…
Nathan Kinney, a former All-American swimmer for Southeastern and the University of Louisville, says this is a strong move for all involved. “I have been around some great coaches in my career, and very few match the enthusiasm, integrity and passion of either Andy or Matt. As good as they are individually, they are even better together.”
Former All-American swimmer turned successful entrepreneur Marshall Osborne added, “Matt not only helped me improve as an athlete in the pool, but pushed me to achieve outside of it as well. Even today I can point to lessons learned from Matt and other Southeastern coaches that have helped me in my career and life beyond swimming. As an alumni of the program I’m excited to see the positive impact Coach Papachronis will make on the lives of Southeastern swimmers going forward.”
Current Southeastern Coach, Ben Wachtel, added, “I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Matt home as I'm not sure there's another coach out there who better understands and embodies what it means to be a Royal. Not only will our athletes be exposed to great swimming expertise, but what Matt really brings to the table is tremendous integrity, character, and a passion for helping young people grow and learn.”
Coach Papachronis earned an advanced degree in Nursing from IUPUI and a bachelors in History from Wabash where he swam all four years, serving as team captain. Additionally, he held school/pool/conference records, was a National Team Qualifier, and graduated with the 4th highest career point total in school history. Prior to Wabash, Matt graduated from Valparaiso High School where he earned All-American Status from his sophomore to senior year and achieved several State Finalists finishes. As a member of Valparaiso Swim Club, Matt was a 10-time state champion in the butterfly and free events, Zone Champion, and Junior National Finalist.
Matt is married to Ann (Enoch) Papachronis, who herself was an All-American swimmer at Carmel and a Team Captain for the University of Nebraska team. Ann and Matt have three children – Dean, Evie, and Francie. When he is not coaching, Matt enjoys biking, traveling, and is an avid fan of the Colts and the Pacers.
Southeastern Swim Club is based in Fishers, Indiana with a mission to “empower swimmers to develop character and realize their athletic potential in a positive, fun, and safe environment!” Since its founding in 1989, Southeastern has grown to become one of the nation's premier USA Swimming clubs. Based out of Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana, Southeastern welcomes swimmers of all ages and ability levels, from novice athletes just trying the sport out for the first time to elite level age group, high school, and collegiate swimmers. In addition, Southeastern has a highly regarded ASCA-certified “Learn-to-Swim” program and a competitive US Masters team. The club has open team tryouts and swim school lessons/classes year-round – more information can be found on their website or by emailing email@example.com.