Collin Kalamatas has spent seven of the past eight years at Huntley as an assistant boys basketball coach, including the past two on varsity.
Over that time, the 2005 Huntley graduate has scribbled down plenty of ideas.
"You fill up a lot of notebooks, and you fill up a lot of binders," Kalamatas said.
The Huntley physical education teacher will take what he has learned and make his own game plans. Kalamatas recently was hired as Woodstock head girls basketball coach.
Kalamatas takes over for Jen Nichols-Hogle, who resigned after coaching Woodstock for the past four seasons, winning a Class 3A regional title in 2013-14. Woodstock went 10-17 a year ago.
Woodstock athletic director Chris Kirkpatrick also announced the hiring of Jill Rokosik as Blue Streaks girls volleyball coach. Rokosik coached women's volleyball at Judson University from 2012 to 2017 and coaches at Sky High Volleyball in Crystal Lake. Meghan Brown resigned after coaching at Woodstock the past five seasons, going 11-21-2 last fall.
Kalamatas has had many mentors at Huntley, including Marty Manning, Will Benson and Steve Raethz. Kalamatas helped coach the Red Raiders' girls feeder program the past two years and picked the brain of Raethz, who has been the varsity girls coach for 19 years, winning 300-plus games and nine regional championships.
"The way Steve's able to get a consistent effort out of his girls is inspiring," Kalamatas said. "He always has them playing so hard, especially on the defensive end, so a lot of the stuff Steve did defensively, I’m going to find myself circling back to some of those notes."
The Streaks are not far removed from their previous regional championship, winning back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, a place Kalamatas would like to get back to.
"We’re just going to get better every day," Kalamatas said. "Any team in Illinois has the possibility of playing in a regional championship any year. The regional championship is down to the last 64 teams. That would be equivalent to a college team getting into the big dance every year. That’s everyone’s goal. If we can play in a regional championship, that would be awesome. If we don’t, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a successful season."
Kirkpatrick said Kalamatas demonstrated an ability to create a winning culture in his interview.
"He has a lot of passion for the game, and his desire to work hard at the position and take our program to the next level is kind of what stood out," Kirkpatrick said. "He’s very well organized, and he has a strong passion for basketball."
Woodstock loses five seniors and will return one starter in 6-foot-2 sophomore Erin Lockwood. Kalamatas said he is excited to meet the returning players and get started.
"My No. 1 priority, the first month of summer, will be establishing a culture of development and really getting girls from the youngest freshmen to our oldest seniors to really buy into everything that we’re trying to do from a program standpoint," Kalamatas said. "And setting standards for these girls to meet, whether that's in the classroom, in the community or on the court, as well."