Long-time Central swim coach steps down

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Naperville Central announced today that girls swimming and diving coach Jon Carlson is retiring after guiding the Redhawks' program since 1983.

Carlson, who retired from teaching 18 months ago, guided Central to 20 top 10 finishes at the IHSA state meet, including winning team championships in 2004 and 2005.

He also coached state-champion relay teams in the 200 medley (1989, 1990, 2004 and 2005), and the 400 freestyle (1994 and 2004), and individual champions Ellen Stonebraker (1993 and 1994 200 freestyle relay), Kelly McNicols (2004 and 2005 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle) and Amy Prestinario (2005 and 2006 200 individual medley and 2006 500 freestyle).

He was also the boys swim coach from 1988-1992.

"Jon's record of success speaks for itself," Central athletic director Marty Bee said in a news release. "But Jon's true success lies beyond the championships. Jon fostered a great atmosphere among the girls he coached. He understood the need to help them develop as young people and did an awful lot to promote that growth."

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