Monday was the first day Filip Dyminski entered the “real world.”
The setting wasn’t much different, however, than Dyminski’s past five years.
The Marian Central graduate from Crystal Lake spent his first official day transitioning to a new role as men’s assistant soccer coach at NCAA Division III Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“It’s surreal, I’ll be honest,” said Dyminski, who spent the past two seasons as Carthage’s graduate assistant coach. “I came here in 2012 and I never thought this would develop into what it has. I couldn’t be happier.”
Dyminski is working in a newly created position under Carthage head coach Steve Domin, who is entering his 23rd season.
Domin recruited the Marian Central standout out of high school, but Dyminski decided to play at D-I Wright State. When Dyminski chose to leave the Ohio school, Domin convinced him to come and play in Kenosha.
“I owe a lot to him,” Dyminski said. “I didn’t envision being a coach at Carthage so quickly. It’s been great. It’s a nice transition into the real world.”
Dyminski played three seasons at Carthage, helping the team to a 36-23-1 record.
Working as a graduate assistant was a natural progression, he said.
“I’ve had teammates tell me they always envisioned me getting into coaching because I have that type A personality and I’m obsessed with soccer.”
Along with his new role at Carthage, Dyminski coaches youth soccer in Kenosha and still plays for the AAC Eagles, a Chicago-based Polish semipro club.
His obsession doesn’t stop there, however.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say soccer is my life,” he said. “I surround myself with it. If I’m not watching it, then I’m playing it. If I’m not playing it, I’m thinking about it. You can ask my friends and my girlfriend. I’m always planning my day around what games are on TV or when I can get a (training) session in.”
On road trips, Dyminski often takes along biographies of some of soccer’s greatest names, including former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson or legendary Irish-born player Roy Keane.
“I have a whole stack of books,” he said.
Dyminski recently helped oversee Carthage’s annual weeklong youth soccer camps, which draw more than 500 local kids to the Kenosha campus along Lake Michigan.
No matter what age athlete Dyminski is coaching, he shares similar advice.
“I have players come up to me and ask, ‘How do I improve? What can I do better?’” he said. “I tell them to pick out a good team or their favorite team, whether it be in the English Premier League or in Germany, and watch their favorite player. You want to emulate the best. Watch what that player does on, and especially off, the ball.”
Dyminski, who has an undergraduate degree in sports medicine and a graduate degree in educational leadership, said he would like to teach courses at Carthage in the future to “give back” to the school.
He will contribute to numerous aspects of the program that Domin has run for more than two decades, including preparing players for games, running camps and fundraisers, along with recruiting.
This month, he will be scouting players at a tournament in Iowa. He also plans to make McHenry County and the surrounding area a regular stop.
“I’ll be getting to know the players there and building relationships with the coaches,” he said.
One aspect of recruiting that excites Dyminski is telling potential Carthage students what he loved about the school, including a 20-1 student-to-teacher ratio and a picturesque setting.
“You’re not a number here,” he said. “Carthage does a very good job of caring for its students. And it’s a beautiful location. There’s something to be said for having a calming view of Lake Michigan while you’re studying for classes.”
Kalsow earns promotion: Toledo men’s basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk announced June 29 that he has promoted Huntley grad Jason Kalsow to associate head coach.
Kalsow spent two seasons on Kowalczyk’s staff at Wisconsin-Green Bay before joining the head coach when he took the Toledo job before the 2010-2011 season.
“I think Jason is one of the best assistant coaches in the country, and I look at Jason as an extension of myself in practice and on the bench during games,” Kowalczyk told UTRockets.com.
Over the past six seasons, D-I Toledo has had at least two representatives on the Mid-American Conference’s all-league team.
Kalsow, who played at D-III Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2001 to 2005, is still the school’s career leader in points and rebounds.
Leaping to another title: Huntley grad Omo Tseumah finished second in the high jump at the Big East Conference outdoor track and field meet to help Marquette to its second consecutive league title.
Tseumah tied for the best jump in the event at 5 feet, 7 inches, but teammate Monique Felix had fewer misses and claimed the high jump title.
Marquette’s 195 points were 19 more than second-place Villanova.
Beattie’s conference run: Freshman Luke Beattie helped D-I Utah State’s men’s track and field team place third in the Mountain West Conference outdoor championships with his seventh-place finish in the 10,000-meter run.
Beattie (Woodstock) was the Aggies’ second-best finisher in the event, posting a time of 31 minutes, 53.10 seconds.
Beattie, who won Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors in cross country, posted season-best outdoor times of 29:49.21 in the 10,000 and 14:23.07 in the 5,000. Those times ranked seventh and eighth all time, respectively, in school history.
• Barry Bottino writes a weekly column about local college athletes for the Northwest Herald. Write to him at BarryOnCampus@hotmail.com and follow @BarryOnCampus on Twitter.