Hinsdale South approves three more coaches

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Three more openings on the Hinsdale South coaching staff have been filled.

Josh Zolecki (boys volleyball), Beth Walker (girls swimming) and Haley Nelson (girls water polo) will coach Hornets varsity teams next school year, according to athletic director Kimberly Maloney.

Zolecki steps in for Billson Rasavongxay, who resigned. Walker and Nelson fill in for Frank Kuchta, who coached swimming and water polo before retiring last month after nearly 30 years of teaching at the school.

“Each (new coach) provides the excellent skill sets, character and integrity that will help ensure much success for Hornet student-athletes,” Maloney said in a statement. “All five are passionate professionals that will be great for our community.”

Zolecki, the boys assistant director for Naperville Volleyball Club, played volleyball at Minooka from 2001-05 and at Sports Performance. He was an all-conference selection at Hunter College, then played professionally in Italy. Zolecki was a member of the Chicago Coast South team that won a USA Volleyball Open National Championship in 2012.

Zolecki has coached at Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way Central, Joliet Junior College and Joliet Catholic.

Walker already was at Hinsdale South as boys water polo coach for the last two years and assisted Kuchta with the girls swim team for 18 years.

“I am really excited to be head coach in the fall,” she said. “Certainly there will be big shoes to fill with Frank retiring, but the girls are motived to continue the legacy of being West Suburban Gold champions for the last four years in a row. Having been with the program for so long, I am thrilled to be at the helm and looking forward to a great season.”

Nelson was an All-American water polo player at Naperville Central in 2009.

The hires brings the number of new varsity head coaches recently approved at Hinsdale South to five. The school had already announced that Brett Moore will coach boys basketball and Steve Holland will coach wrestling.

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