HANOVERTON-Chris Kadvan spent his days at Struthers High School captaining the basketball team and taking joy in playing in front of a packed gym on Friday nights. Ever since then he wanted to coach boys basketball. Now he will get his first chance.
The 26-year-old Kadvan was named as the next head boys basketball coach at United High School Wednesday at a board of education meeting.
"I've always wanted to coach boys basketball," Kadvan said. "There is just something about playing on Friday nights with everybody watching. I played in a great atmosphere at Struthers and hopefully I can bring that to United."
Kadvan spent last season as the head girls coach at Heartland Christian, where he finished 6-15. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as a girls assistant at United and one season as a boys assistant at Neshannock High School in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Westminster (Pa) College-where he played baseball-in 2010 with an education degree.
"I've been around sports my whole life and wanted to remain a part of it after college," Kadvan said. "I'm grateful to get an opportunity at United. I've been there a few years and it's a special place."
Kadvan is currently a third grade teacher at United and served as a jayvee baseball coach this season. He has already cultivated a relationship with a number of kids and believes it will serve him well.
"You build a program from the bottom up," Kadvan said. "I've been able to build relationships with the younger kids, which should help with our youth program. "I also know a lot of the current players and they are excited to play for me.
The Eagles have won six games in the last three years. Kadvan hopes to shake things up in a major way.
"We have to completely redo the way we do things," Kadvan said. "We have to make a major commitment to getting better over the summer. I plan to completely change the style of play. We will be aggressive and play fast on both offense and defense."