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C H R I S S AT T E L E

SPORT SHORTS

Standing in a gymnasium,

finishing up supervision of a summer bas-ketball practice, Elizabethtown grad Chris Sattele still looks like the basketball player he once was. He stands 6-foot-6 and is dressed in baggy shorts and a worn T-shirt. Eleven seasons have passed since he wore No. 23 and was the fourth-highest scorer for the Blue Jays.

His intensity has not diminished; it might, in fact, be greater than ever. Only now, that intensity is aimed at shaping young people the way he once was shaped. Today, at 33 years old, he is in his fourth year as head coach of the Middletown Area High School boys’ basketball team and in his 10th as a middle school teacher in the Middletown Area School District. This past year he was honored as the Junior Achieve-ment Educator of the Year for Central Pennsylvania.

Even a short conversation reveals Sat-tele as a motivator. He’s all about getting the best from his athletes and his students. In many ways, Elizabethtown switched on the engine inside Sattele that drives his de-sire to elicit achievement.

He admits he was a less-than-stellar student growing up in Palmyra. His high school guidance counselor recommended the military. So, he’s thankful Elizabethtown saw enough potential in the basketball-lov-ing son of a police detective and a nurse to take a chance on him. He worked hard to justify the confidence. “I can remember coming home at Christmas break [that first year] and thinking I don’t know how I’m going to be able to do this,” he said, “but Coach Schlosser always preached anything

CHRIS SATTELE

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