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Paul Kowalyszyn, shown during his playing days at Larkin, is Streamwood's new boys basketball coach. | File photo
Paul Kowalyszyn is officially on board as the new face of Streamwood’s boys basketball program.
The school announced Kowalyszyn’s hiring as the team’s new coach Thursday, and the 27-year-old Elgin native is prepared to dive right into his new role.
“I’m definitely excited and I feel like I have a renewed sense of energy,” Kowalyszyn said. “I’m anxious now to get the summer going. I’ve got some good things planned that I’ve been working on for the last month or so. I’m ready to go.”
Kowalyszyn is a 2004 Larkin graduate and former basketball standout for the Royals. As a senior he helped Larkin win a regional championship.
A special education and reading instructor at Streamwood, Kowalyszyn has five years experience as an assistant basketball coach at the school. He spent the past three years as the varsity assistant under Tim Jones, who is retiring after six years at the helm and has long advocated for Kowalyszyn as his successor.
“First and foremost (Kowalyszyn) is really highly regarded as a good teacher at the school,” Jones said. “He’s probably the most patient guy I could see having that job. The kids really listen well to him and look up to him, which is a good sign. I think he’s perfect for the job.”
Kowalyszyn was a guard during his playing days at Larkin. He went on to attend Elmhurst College, where his playing career was cut short by an injury.
The challenges facing Kowalyszyn are noteworthy as he takes over a Sabres team that finished 11-19 last season. Streamwood hasn’t posted a winning record in 13 years, but the new bench boss has a plan for setting the program on a new course.
“One of the main things I’m trying to accomplish right now is restarting the feeder program,” Kowalyszyn said. “Our freshmen come in and are athletically right there with everybody else, but basketball-wise I feel they are a year or two behind because our feeder program is not up and running.
“It will take a lot of work to get that going, but I feel like once it is going it will start churning out some kids that are more familiar with the game. Athletically I feel like we can matchup with anybody, but it’s the basketball ability we need to increase.”