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Merrillville Community Schools Names New Head Coach


MERRILLVILLE - Merrillville High School has a new girls varsity head basketball coach.

The Merrillville Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved the appointment of Kelly Kratz to the position at its meeting Tuesday night.
Kratz has served as girls’ varsity assistant coach under head coach Amy Govert since 2014. During her years as the assistant, the girls’ team won four sectionals and one regional, and they were regional runner-up twice.

From 2015-18, Kratz served as the Pirates’ head girls’ track coach. She teaches world history at Merrillville High School. She attended Valparaiso University, where she was on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 2010 after playing four years at VU. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s in secondary education.

Kratz’s first job teaching was at Valparaiso High School for one year.  She then taught in Detroit for two years, before returning to the Region to teach at Chesterton for one year, before coming to Merrillville.

Merrillville High School director of athletics Janis Qualizza says Kratz has a good understanding of the expectations of the school and community and the administration is confident she will do an excellent job of preparing the young ladies for what lies ahead of them on the court, in the classroom and in life.


Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.