GOSHEN — Nate Duell has long had aspirations of being a swim coach at the collegiate level.
Duell, the head boys and girls swim coach at Goshen High School, will get that chance when he moves his family to Kansas at the end of December to become the head coach of the brand New men’s and women’s swimming and diving program as well as an assistant sports information director at Tabor College in Hillsboro. The NAIA-member Bluejays officially hit the water in the fall of the 2014-15 school year.
Duell said he is to be with Goshen as head coach and English teacher through the first semester (Dec. 21) then report to Tabor Dec. 30. He will also be recruiting for his new squad in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio while also helping to make the transition for the GHS coaching staff.
“I had a great experience swimming on college (at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he was a two-time NAIA Division All-American) and I always had (college coaching) in the back of my mind,” said Duell, 42. “When this opportunity came around, the planets kind of aligned. We just sent our oldest daughter (Mackenzie) off to (Wheaton, where she is a rower).”
Nate and Cara Duell’s other children are fourth grader Duncan, third grader Ainsley and second grader Angus.
Factors that also appeal to Duell is that he will be able to put his own stamp on a new program. Tabor will also become the only college in Kansas with men’s and women’s intercollegiate swimming (the University of Kansas has a women’s team, but not men’s).
Duell is also attracted to Tabor because it is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church.
“I can apply it to my personal life as well and use it with a ministry situation,” said Duell.
The 1990 Concord High School graduate is heading into his third season as head boys and girls swim coach at GHS. He headed up the Goshen Gators (now Goshen Swimming Inc.) from 2004-08 after being head coach for Concord Swim Club 2000-04 and a CSC assistant from 1995-97. In addition, he spent 10 seasons as an assistant girls soccer coach at GHS.
“Goshen is such a great place and it’s been so great to our family,” said Duell. “We will miss it.”