Jeff Hamstra and Tommy Berry tabbed to lead Chesterton High School Athletic Department

Jeff Hamstra and Tommy Berry tabbed to lead Chesterton High School Athletic Department
By: Chesterton High School Last Updated: March 3, 2020

The Duneland School Corporation has named Jeff Hamstra as Chesterton High School Athletic Director and Tommy Berry as Assistant Athletic Director.  Hamstra and Berry will replace retiring Athletic Director Garry Nallenweg and Assistant Athletic Director Jim Goetz. Under Nallenweg’s leadership, CHS Athletics has had 55 IHSAA team and individual state champions, 8 IHSAA Mental Attitude winners and 12 DAC All-Sport Trophies.  Both Hamstra and Berry will officially begin in their new roles on July 1, 2020. 

“Jeff and Tommy will make a great team,” said Garry Nallenweg. “They are both committed to continuing the excellent tradition that has been established at Chesterton High School.  Both are proven leaders. CHS Athletics is in good hands.”

Hamstra is currently the Assistant Athletic Director at Warsaw Community High School.  He has prior experience as an Athletic Director (Covenant Christian), Head Basketball Coach and Assistant Principal (Kankakee Valley), and Middle School Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director (Munster).  Jeff, his wife Kaylynn, and their four children look forward to joining the Duneland community.

Berry is currently teaching math and coaching girls basketball and golf at Chesterton High School. In addition to teaching and coaching for 14 years, he has been the math department chair for 10 years. In the summer months, he directed the girls basketball summer league and organized and operated the summer youth basketball camps. His prior experience includes Head Girls Basketball Coach and Boys JV Tennis Coach (Logansport) for 10 years. Tommy and his wife Kristi (teacher at Liberty Intermediate School) reside in Chesterton. He and Kristi have two grown children, both CHS graduates, Kierstin (Elementary Music teacher in LaPorte) and son Drew currently studying PE/Health Education at Indiana University.

“We know we have some pretty big shoes to fill. Together, Jeff and Tommy will provide leadership and support for our coaching staff and our student-athletes to succeed on the field of play and in preparation for life after high school,” said CHS principal, Brent Martinson.