Hamilton High School 2013 graduate Nick Kronemeyer has always had a love for his alma mater.

"My experience was similar to the kids here today, I loved Hamilton," Kronemeyer said.

Kronemeyer was hired by Hamilton Community Schools in the summer of 2018 as a physical education teacher. Shortly there after, he was hired as the varsity boys basketball coach after playing collegiately at Calvin University.

"I loved this place as a student, I love it now. The first thing that comes to mind is the community and people here, it's a very connected place," Kronemeyer added. "A lot of people have the same goals, thoughts, and visions for the future and I really like my role and everything that I do."

Not only is Kronemeyer beloved by his students in his physical education classes at Hamilton Middle School and High School, he has helped the boys basketball program reach new heights.

In March, the Hawkeyes won the program's first conference championship since 1989 and first district championsip since 1988, finishing the season 22-5 after a loss in the regional final.

"Teaching and coaching kind of comes down to the same thing, it's all about relationships with the kids," he said. "It's about movement and accomplishing things mentally and physically and giving the kids confidence from that for their lives moving forward."

Kronemeyer says he's thankful for the journey as a Hamilton student and employee and says he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

"I wouldn't want to be any other spot or in any other role, I'm glad this all worked out and I'm committed to the future and just happy to be here."